On Monday, February 19, 2018, a local business owner, Mr. Brett Josephson, was checking on his shop when he saw a black truck quickly leave his parking lot. Left behind was a towel standing upright, as if something was underneath it. Brett investigated, because this just didn’t seem quite right. After pulling the towel away, he found a shocking scene. He discovered a young black puppy, with a relatively large gash in her forehead, and a severely swollen leg. While it cannot be proven at this time, it can be suspected that this puppy may have once been abused. One thing is for certain however, she was broken and abandoned.
Our business owner jumped into action, and rushed the puppy to Alabaster Animal Clinic. Once at
AAC, veterinarians placed this sweet puppy on antibiotics, as well as pain medications, and scheduled to clean and close the head wound on the following day, giving time for the fever to be reduced. It was also observed that the puppy was not weight-bearing on her very swollen limb. This, too, would be addressed on the following day when the little girl was more stable.
The Josephson family then placed a photo of the sad and broken puppy to Facebook, in hopes she would be recognized, or that a foster/rescue facility could be found. What they did not anticipate was the outstanding amount of love and support the community wanted to show towards the puppy as well as the finding family. The community of Alabaster, and those nearby, quickly started sharing the Facebook post made by the Josephson family, and wanted to make donations to her care. Many called and began making donations to AAC for the current care of this sweet puppy.
Tuesday, February 20th: The head would was closed, and while sedated, the swollen leg was further investigated. X-rays revealed the leg had a compound fracture that was at least a few weeks old (Photo below). This sweet puppy’s body had already started the process of trying to heal itself… but with the lack of medical care, her leg bones had set incorrectly. The setting of her leg had caused her lameness, and pain. The x-rays were then sent over to the local small animal orthopedic specialist, with hopes that the leg could be saved, and working again as a functional part of her young body.
Wednesday, February 21st: We received wonderful news! Dr. Ballagas at the Veterinary Surgical Center sent word that he believes the leg can be fixed! .. .. To the tune of about $3,000.
With your support of donations, we can help fix this little abandoned girl! She is a ball of life who hasn’t given up. Together, we can give this puppy the best fighting chance of having normal use of her severely banged up leg.
**At this time, she has been given the name Ricochet (Shay for short). Ricochet has bounced back from all that life has thrown at her so far. She is incredibly loving and trusting, and is doing magnificent in her foster home with one of the technicians of Alabaster Animal Clinic.
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