Abandoned & Abused Left For Dead Dog Makes Great Recovery
WHITESTOWN – He was abandoned, abused and left for dead in Boone County back in October. But Jay has made a remarkable turnaround in a relatively short period of time. Jay is a one-and-a-half-year-old pit bull mix who’s been getting his feet wet and learning to walk again.
For the past month, Jay has been going to Community Pet Health Care twice a week for hydro-therapy. He uses an underwater treadmill to help him walk as he heals from a broken leg.
Veterinarian Matt Cantrell explained, “That leg hurts, so he doesn’t want to use it all the time as he’s healing. The treadmill and water therapy really lift the weight off his legs and help him use the leg easier.”
Cantrell describes Jay’s progress as awesome. He said when the pooch was first brought in, he was “in bad shape.”
He was found tied to a telephone pole at the Flying J truck stop in Lebanon. (Hence the his name Jay.) Besides his broken femur, he had several other injuries requiring extensive surgery.
“We thought he’d been hit by a car initially…and he’d actually suffered from physical abuse at the hands of a person,” Cantrell said. “He’d been beaten, had multiple rib fractures, he had fluid around his lungs.”
The Humane Society for Boone County put out a plea on Facebook and raised more than $3,000 to help pay for Jay’s medical care.
Six weeks later, Jay is back on his feet and nearly done with therapy. While he’s currently living with a foster family, he will soon be available for adoption. Cantrell said he’s more than ready to find his forever home.
“From the time he walked in as horrible as he must have felt, he’s loved people he’s been a joy to work with,” he said. “His foster family loves him, so that part of him has never been broken. He’s going to be great family member.”