OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - A dachshund is recovering at a Cooper City animal hospital after she was found injured on the side of the road in Opa-locka.
The dog was discovered bleeding near a “no dumping” sign and an open crate containing dog food. Officials said they are not sure if she was injured before or after the dumping, but they do know that her injuries are significant.
“The assumption is that somebody dumped her there with a bowl of food and a crate thinking she would somehow be safe,” said Pam Weiner, who is from the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida.
The sight of the dog prompted a Facebook post Thursday morning, pleading for someone to come pick her up.
Weiner and others from Dachshund Rescue South Florida saved the day. The dog is now being treated at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City.
She underwent a computerized tomography scan, or CT scan, Friday, so doctors could get a better look at her injuries. “What we will have to do is remove that segment,” said Dr. Marcos Unis, a veterinarian at the medical center.
The pup is set to have surgery in the next few days to repair her skull. “She’s fighting, so she seems to be a fighter, and we just need to give her time, and see if she responds to the treatment,” Unis said.
Doctors said despite a skull fracture and an inability to use her front legs, the dog is responding to medicine. “We think that part of her frontal bone is fractured,” said Dr. Raz Peress, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center at Cooper City. “With the way she’s heading right now, I think there’s a pretty decent chance.”
The dachshund was named “Miracle” by Weiner. “I pulled up, and I saw her, and my only thought, ‘It’s going to be a miracle if she survives,’ ’cause that’s what we’re hoping for,” she said. “She’s taken tiny baby steps and is a little bit better today, so I’m hopeful that every day we see a little bit more improvement and I can get her out of here soon.”
Dachshund Rescue of South Florida was able to find a way to get the pup the help she needed. They operate solely on donations. If you’d like to help their cause, go to www.dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com.
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