Donations pour in for dog that lost its leg 0
Meaghan Ralston is pictured with her mangled foster dog Jeannie in Calgary on February 14, 2012. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - An outpouring of donations are streaming in for a dog that lost its leg in a trap in Calgary.
The dog, whose rescuers have named Jeannie, was found this weekend near First Nation lands south of Calgary missing part of its hind leg, which vets believe the dog chewed off in desperation after being snared by a leg hold.
The story struck a chord across the country.
By mid-day Wednesday, the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) had received more than 10 times the number of donations it receives on a typical day.
"We really appreciate the response we've had," said Deanna Thompson, executive director for the volunteer-based AARCS organization.
"Maybe now they're aware of this organization and can help out in different ways."
AARCS issued a public plea for donations to help offset Jeannie's medical costs, which are expected to run several thousands dollars.
Jeannie was found in poor condition - malnourished, sporting several open and infected wounds and suffering from a severe mange infection that has left her covered in red spots.
Her condition is still too weak for veterinarians to perform surgery on her leg, from which bone is still exposed.
Thompson said a surgery to remove more of Jeannie's leg is expected to go ahead in the coming weeks once her strength returns.
Until then, Jeannie has been placed on a regimen of painkillers and antibiotics to ease the dog's suffering.
She will be in the foster care of a volunteer until she fully recovers, at which point the rescue group will put Jeannie up for adoption.
"And I have a feeling that there will be a lot of people out there who will want to adopt her," Thompson said.
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