Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 14, 2013

Drive on to save hurt dog

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A twist of fate seems to have brought together a group of Pauls Valley animal lovers and an injured dog they’re now hoping to save.

Local resident Lisa Prager is among those now looking to raise money to pay for the surgery needed by a dog found badly injured by an area highway.

It was Thursday when sister and brother Sara and Tyler Justice of PV were driving near Purcell. There they saw something in the median of Interstate 35. They weren’t sure what it was, but they did turn around to check it out, Prager said.

It turned out to be a severely injured dog.

“Carolyn said the injuries show the impact was all on the front paws so the dog jumped or was pushed out of a car,” Prager said, referring to Dr. Carolyn Williams of the Williamsburg Small Animal Hospital located in south PV on Airline Road.

“It’s amazing, the owner didn’t go back to get the dog. They just left it there. I don’t understand how people can do that to their pet.”

Described as a big husky dog, the animal sustained a number of fractures with one front leg getting the worst of the injuries.

After a second set of X-rays were done and a couple of calls made on Friday it was determined the dog would need orthopedic surgery in Oklahoma City.

The total cost of that surgery is around $5,000.

That’s where the idea of raising the money to pay for the dog’s surgery was born.

A number of folks went to work to get the word out that any donations for the dog’s cause could be made by going to the local animal hospital or calling it at 405-238-9311.

“This dog cannot go down, so we have got to do something,” Prager said.

“If we could get everyone in Pauls Valley to donate a dollar or two we could come up with enough money to do this,” she said.

“We need to get him fixed up. He doesn’t deserve to be put down.”

Not much else is known about the hurt dog that seems to be making the most of the situation despite the injuries.

“We don’t know what his name is. Maybe we should call him Lucky for surviving that whole thing,” Prager added.

“For what that dog’s gone through it’s still wagging its tail. It’s such a sweet dog.”