Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 24, 2013

Big boost comes for hurt dog

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Pauls Valley animal lovers got a big boost from an outside group when it comes to one severely injured dog getting the specialized surgery he needed.

Tyler Justice, who is now caring for the dog he calls Dozer, said the local response to the dog’s dire situation has been really good.

Putting the effort over the top was the non-profit Bella Foundation based in Oklahoma City, founded in 2006 to help stray and abandoned animals or pets with low-income owners receive the best possible care.

With the foundation’s help the dog at the center of the PV effort now a couple of weeks old resulted in him getting the expensive orthopedic surgery necessary to give the animal a chance at survival.

Justice says donations are still being sought as plans are to help out the foundation that stepped in to pay for the dog’s surgery and provide some big time assistance at the right time.

“All the donations can be dropped off here,” Justice said, referring to the Reavis Drug store located in the local Burr shopping center.

“We have a little bucket to take any donations that come in for the dog,” he said. “We’re taking donations and later we’ll write a check with the proceeds going to the Bella Foundation.”

It was back on Jan. 10 when Justice and his sister found the dog in the median of Interstate 35 as they drove near Purcell.

They discovered it was a dog severely hurt with injuries that seemed to show the animal had come from a moving vehicle.

The dog was initially treated at the local Williamsburg Small Animal Hospital as a drive was organized to collect donations to help the dog get the surgery and treatment it needed.

“The response for this has been tremendous,” Justice said. “People are really liking it; they’re really liking him.

“He had a special surgery. He’s doing OK right now, but he’s not out of the woods yet. We’ll just wait and see.”

During that surgery plates and pins and screws were inserted into two of the dog’s legs.

For now Justice is the one providing the foster care for the dog, which is receiving post-surgery treatment expected to last several weeks.

From there we’ll see what happens, Justice added.

“He probably won’t be ready for permanent adoption until maybe summer,” he said.

“Anyone wanting to find out more needs to contact the Bella Foundation.”