Say “hello” to Dolly! Her life up until now is not based on the 1964 musical “Hello, Dolly!” starring Carol Channing, but is a dramatic — and traumatic — tale. Dolly, a five-year-old German Shepherd mix, was brought to the Blount County Animal Center shelter in Tennessee on March 5th by a man who said he had found her as a stray but didn’t want to keep her because she was in heat. He had chained Dolly up in the back of his pickup truck to take her to the shelter. Dolly jumped out of the truck while he was driving. She was dragged for a bit, and nearly hung before he noticed. She suffered multiple lacerations, road rash, and all of her toes and pads were severely damaged.
Dolly’s wounds were cleaned and sutured and all four feet were bandaged by the shelter vet. Dolly also had hot spots on her neck from a nasty, too-tight collar. Fortunately, there were no fractures or dislocations, although there is a bone chip near her right elbow that results in lameness, but no apparent pain. And if that wasn’t enough for a dog to endure, Dolly was also found to be heartworm positive.
Kristin Baksa, the shelter’s rescue coordinator, asked RADAR for help on April 19th. Could we assist with Dolly’s heartworm treatment costs? We, of course, could not let Dolly down, and agreed to cover her heartworm treatment expenses. She had her treatment for heartworms on April 22nd and 23rd.
“Through all of this, Dolly never lost her zest for life!” Kristin said. “She loves people, treats and belly rub! Go, go, go and never let a cone and bandaged feet get in the way! When you view this sweet girl’s pictures, it is easy to see her wonderful personality. Dolly is now cone and bandage-free and ready for the best home ever!” To see more photos of Dolly, click here.
RADAR paid all of $376 of the heartworm treatment costs for Dolly.
UPDATE! All funds for Dolly have been raised! Thank you!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Dolly:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sunday Wright Fund; Rebecca Kuga; Karen Koch; Barb & Marty Myers; RADAR T-Shirt Fundraiser
If you are interested in adopting Dolly, or represent a rescue interested in pulling Dolly, please contact Kristin Baksa at the Blount County Animal Center.
Added on May 5, 2019.