Posted at: 11/14/2013 7:14 PM
By: Steve Flamisch
SALEM -- A dog that was found injured, malnourished, and covered in ticks last week is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, and a non-profit group is raising money to help pay for it.
The spaniel mix showed up in a front yard on State Route 22 on the night of Tuesday, November 5, Salem dog control officer Jessica Corey said. The dog -- which she named Tally -- had no microchips or tags.
"I went over there and, after a time of trying to lure her with some treats and stuff, I did get her into my car," Corey told NewsChannel 13. "We noticed right away that her back leg was just swinging free, and she wasn't putting any weight on it."
Corey took Tally to Cambridge Valley Veterinary Hospital in Cambridge, where the extent of her injury became clear.
"We think that Tally was hit by a car," Dr. Suzanne Fariello said. "She has a pelvic injury with fractures in three different places. What happened was, the ball and socket (joint) was displaced, leaving her very unstable."
Tally is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to remove the ball part of the ball and socket, allowing scar tissue to naturally replace it, Fariello said. The procedure is expected to cost between $1,600 and $2,100.
A receptionist at the veterinary hospital recommended that Corey contact The Pumpkin Fund, a Hudson Falls-based 501(c)(3) charity that raises money to help people with large pet care bills.
By late Thursday, The Pumpkin Fund -- named for a cat rescued by one of the group’s founders -- had raised close to $1,000 for Tally’s surgery. Additional, tax-deductible donations were still being accepted.
Dr. Tom Bowersox will perform the surgery. He recently worked on Hudson, one of the "railroad puppies" that were found abandoned and injured on the tracks in Albany. Hudson’s left rear paw had to be amputated, and he is now walking on a prosthetic paw.
Tally is not expected to lose a limb. If the surgery goes well, and the scar tissue forms in her hip joint as expected, Tally should be walking normally in about six weeks.
Corey and her husband, Ralph, intend to keep Tally until she recovers. Neither wants to see her go, but with three dogs already in the house, they intend to put her up for adoption.
"I wish that we could keep her," Ralph Corey said. "We’ve had others that were nice dogs and friendly, but… there’s just something about her that just got me, and I can’t explain it."