Oh, for the love of Lucy! On December 5th, Lucy was found along side a road after being hit by a car. Estimated to be about eight years old, this Beagle-Dachshund mix was picked up by animal control and taken to a vet clinic for emergency care. The vet reported that Lucy had a hip that was out of its socket and a fractured pelvis from this injury.  Her hip could not be put back in the socket because of the fractured pelvis. She also had a broken and re-healed jaw from an old injury, two abdominal hernias and advanced heartworm disease! Following treatment, Lucy went to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina, where she resided in the office area for many months.

Lucy was spayed and also had her hernias fixed, but her other medical challenges, outside of heartworm preventive, were not thought to be fixable. Reading this you would think that Lucy was confined to her bed, but that wasn’t the case; she was house-trained and went out several times a day. She played with the cats with a wagging tail, greeted everyone at the office. Although Lucy was adoptable, many months passed with no rescue or adopter interest.

On June 1st, Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue, asked if RADAR could help Lucy. In light of Lucy’s special situation, we reached out to Jodi Smith in Maryland, a very dedicated foster for senior black dogs (Jodi had fostered the late Abel, a RADAR-assisted dog). Jodi worked with the Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland to officially pull Lucy, with Jodi providing foster care and RADAR offering a grant towards Lucy’s vetting costs. On June 24th, Lucy was transported to Jodi.

Jodi told us that Lucy “continues to be the happiest girl and nothing beats her crooked smile. She absolutely loves her stuffed toys and the crooked jaw certainly doesn’t affect her desire to chew on bones and bully sticks. She is quite the little hunter too, sniffing out rabbits and chipmunks on our walks. She definitely loves a good roll in the grass. The farm life is the perfect life for her. I recently traveled to WV for a family event and Lucy made the 5 hour trip like a champ. She inspires everyone she meets. She is a true survivor. I can have the crappiest day at work and an even worse commute home, but when I get home to her smile and wagging tail and watch her limp along despite all her ailments it makes me stop and realize what is really important in life. I am forever grateful that you contacted me about her and that the Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland agreed to pull her.” Lucy recently completed her heartworm treatment and she is being evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. To see more photos of Lucy, click here.

RADAR paid $250 towards the vetting costs for Lucy.

UPDATE! All funds for Lucy 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 Lucy:

Chloe’s SOS Fund ($100); Black Dog Fund ($50); Anonymous; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson

If you are interested in adopting Lucy, please contact Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland.

Added on September 20, 2017.

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