Chocolate the Dog gets surgery at WSUPosted: Updated:
A dog recently found severely injured, will be getting some much needed help.
After being found in a field with two broken front legs, Chocolate is on his way to an orthopedist at Washington State University in Pullman. But none of this would have been possible with out the donations that the Meadow Hills Veterinary Center has received from the community and people as far away as the east coast.
Dr. Janine Swailes says the donations they've received are incredible. People have called from Maine, New York, California, all over the country wanting to donate to Chocolate's care and make sure he gets the care he deserves.
The 18 month old retriever was taken in by the Meadow Hills Veterinary Center after finding out that no shelter or pound could take him.
Dr. Swailes said the main problem was he was found outside city limits.
After a Meadow Hills client heard the story, he decided to pay for the care Chocolate needed and when the x-rays came back, poor Chocolate's fate wasn't looking too good.
In his right leg he has a dislocated elbow and in his left leg the radius and ulna are broken. Dr. Swailes says the problem with both injuries, they would be fixable but it's been going on for almost 6 months.
Chocolate has been sent to WSU and while the doctors can't predict his outcome they are hoping that if they can't save both of his legs they will save one and he can get by as a three legged dog.
The doctor at WSU can't tell us positively that he can fix the legs, Dr. Swailes said, but he has some ideas for surgery and some possible ways we can make those legs work again.
Now you may have noticed Chocolate's yellow toy that he always has with him, when he was found he had it and the nurses at the Vet said he doesn't go anywhere with out it, I'm happy to report that Chocolate got to take his toy to Pullman with him.