Could Toby be saved? Or, to paraphrase Shakespeare, “Toby, or not Toby, that was the question.” An eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, Toby arrived at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on December 20th. Toby had been previously hit by a car, and it also looked like he was in a dog fight from the scars on his nose and healing puncture wounds on his neck. It was clear that poor Toby’s life had been a rough one so far.
While the shelter took Toby to the vet, he was only given pain medications and antibiotics. Unfortunately, they don’t have funding for more serious medical cases like Toby, so he sat in the shelter for weeks with a badly injured leg. He wouldn’t put pressure on the leg when standing. Because there was no treatment and he laid on his other side all the time, he developed bedsores.
On December 29th, Paws for Seniors in Virginia asked RADAR if we could help with Toby. Of course, we agreed at once. Toby had his initial vetting and neutering done on January 9th. Then he was off to his new foster home with his foster mom Erica Vernon.
Toby was taken to Erica’s vet for further evaluation. X-rays were taken (his leg was broken), and sent to a specialist. Sadly, there is nothing that can be done to save his leg because there is too much damage to the bones. The rescue will have his leg amputated. Toby will be fine as a tripod dog since he has had no use of the leg since at least early December, and he gets around quite well. Fortunately, the bed sores he developed are healing nicely. “He is a sweet boy,” Erica told us. To see more photos of Toby, click here.
RADAR paid all of Toby’s initial vetting and neutering costs, totaling $270.
UPDATE! All funds for Toby have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Toby has been adopted! He also has a new name – Whiskey!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Toby:
Chloe’s SOS Fund; Keturah Johnson; Sherry Hutchison; Karen Esposito; Tina Muncy; Teddybones; Sherry Hutchison
Added on January 18, 2015.