In late July 2018, HARTT was asked to help trap this dog who had been running loose in a neighborhood in west Phoenix for approximately 3 months. Neighbors tried to help, but she was so scared. "Maggie" (the name we had given her) had dug a little hole behind a bush in someone's side yard to hide and to sleep; it was there we set up our first feeding station and trap. Shortly thereafter, however, she bumped the trap gate, causing the trap door to close. She then became frightened of and was extremely reluctant to approach anything that resembled a trap.
A number of people who lived nearby jumped in to help put up flyers, take calls about sightings, watch NextDoor posts, and search for Maggie during the many periods when she would go missing for a few days. We also learned based on her travels that she was crossing two VERY busy streets - Indian School and Camelback Road. We feared it was only a matter of time before she would end up hurt, or worse.
In mid-August, Maggie disappeared. We were so scared - finally, we got a call that she was seen in a different neighborhood, and this time she was severely limping. She was continuing to take very dangerous chances; we just wanted her to know we were trying to help her!
Over a 6-week period we tried 4 different types of traps - all the while, Maggie kept moving several miles every few days, despite the fact that her rear left leg was now dangling in pain - she was only using it to toe-touch, and for balance. Every time we would get close, move all our equipment to her new location, and reestablish relationships with neighbors, she would move again. Seriously injured, she still was able to run quite fast and far on 3 legs! But, we had to save her - HARTT DOES NOT GIVE UP!
During this period, one particularly annoying neighbor began taunting us on NextDoor, saying "You guys will never catch her!" and "How can you let this dog suffer - why aren't you doing something?!" It was heartbreaking - if he only knew the hours and hours our team was spending strategizing; studying maps; having all-night stake-outs; hanging flyers; manning feeding stations; and trying our best to save a dog who desperately needed our help.
Maggie settled in again, frequenting a specific house where she had been several weeks prior, in early September. We began formulating our final trapping plan and, finally, in the early morning hours of September 8, 2018, Maggie was SAFE at last! Even though she had already journeyed many miles, her journey was really just beginning. We took her to the vet and saw, in horror, the condition of her leg.....
Maggie's femur is severely fractured and misaligned, consistent with being hit by a car. The orthopedic specialist who is seeing Maggie truly believes her leg can be saved. On Monday, September 17, she will undergo surgery to have her leg repaired - the repair will involve internal screws and plates, and a manual stretching of the muscle which has now severely contracted. Then she will have 8 weeks of recovery before she can begin to be walked normally. Her veterinary care will be very expensive.
HARTT is a very small rescue group - we normally do not intake dogs ourselves; we concentrate on field rescues and technical trapping. Therefore we do not have a veterinary fund available for major cases such as this. We need your help - Maggie needs your help.
Please donate to help Maggie get the help she desperately needs - we will assure she has excellent veterinary care, pain management, follow-ups and aftercare throughout her ordeal. She is less than 2 years old, sweet as can be, and deserves a chance at a normal, pain-free life. ANY AMOUNT HELPS - please donate, and then SHARE and CHALLENGE your friends to donate as well! People are far more likely to donate if they see that you have done so.
We are so grateful to the dedicated HARTT volunteers who stood by Maggie to see that she was safely recovered, to the neighbors where she settled, and to each of you for helping us to care for her. Thank you and bless you for your compassion...
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