Dog gnawed leg off to escape trap 0
Meaghan Ralston holds her mangled foster dog Jeannie at her northeast Calgary home on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
The plight of a timid and “battered” dog that presumably gnawed its hind leg off to escape a trap can only improve from here, its rescuers are hoping.
The dog, believed to be a German shepherd cross, has been in the care of Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) since Sunday after it was spotted limping around First Nation land south of Calgary.
“It’s probably the worst case our rescuers have ever come across,” said Deanna Thompson, executive director for AARCS.
The dog was missing part of its right hind leg and bone was protruding from its hock.
After some coaxing, the volunteer rescuers corralled the dog into a crate and raced to a Calgary-area vet.
Based on the wounds, staff believe a leg-hold trap caught the dog, which they believe then chewed through its limb to escape.
She was also malnourished, sporting several open and infected wounds and suffering from a severe mange infection that has left her covered in red spots.
Thompson said the dog’s condition is too weak for veterinarians to perform surgery on her leg.
The bone is still exposed.
Meaghan Ralston, a graphic company accounts manager who cares for AARCs animals, named the pooch Jeannie and has agreed to foster her until she recovers, at which point she will be put up for adoption.
“Due to her weight right now we can’t do any surgeries, so we need to put some more weight on before they can perform any kind of medical intervention,” Ralston said.
Jeannie has begun eating three to four bowls-full of food a day and her pain and infections are being treated with a regimen of painkillers and antibiotics.
As for her demeanour, the initially shy and fearful dog, who spent much of the first day hiding in a bedroom, has begun to open up a bit.
“Anytime I pull out a treat she’s right there, wagging her little tail,” Ralston said, noting Jeannie has also become “fast friends” with another three-legged dog currently in her care.
The society, a not-for-profit rescue that operates primarily through fundraising, is hopeful Calgarians will step up to the plate to help offset the costs the society will incur, expected to exceed $5,000.
“We are volunteer run and always struggling for cash,” Ralston said.
“This one is definitely going to stretch our resources.”
The society accepts donations at its website, www.aarcs.ca
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