Injured dog rescued from cold receives donations for surgery from viewers, donor

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JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT)-- UPDATE 1/9/14: Surgery went well for the Campbell County dog on Monday. She is recovering at her new foster home and will stay there until she is fully recovered.

At Risk Intervention is a non-profit rescue group that played a huge role in helping this dog get a second chance at life.

Dr. Babbi Dilbeck also played am important role and said "All the things fell into place and we're happy that we all could come together and help."

A total of $1,700 was raised through donations and will follow the dog through her continued care and recovery.

She should have a new home in 6-8 weeks.


UPDATE 1/4/14: After airing the story people from all over reached out to help donating money and sharing this story on social media.

Local rescue groups along with Dr. Dilbeck from Jacksboro Veterinary Services called around looking for help since neither of them could perform the surgery, they needed a specialist. The specialist would cost around $3,000 to perform the surgery. However, a local lawyer heard about the story and wanted to help.

Jason Baril from Olge, Elrod and Baril read the story and offered to cover $1,500 and the law offices will pay the remaining $1,500 to fix the dog's broken leg.

She will go into surgery at Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville on Monday morning!

All the money that has already been donated will go to the dog's continued care. Also, after the surgery Jason Baril will foster the dog until she finds a good home.

Stay with Local 8 News as we continue to follow this story!

A dog in Campbell County is hoping for a second chance at life after spending days in the bitter cold with a fractured leg.

Joyce Arnold found the dog and said "I saw her standing in the middle of the road and she was looking like help me. She made eye contact with me and I knew I had to do something."

The Treeing Walker Coonhound was hungry, cold and limping. It was clear she needed more than just a warm place to stay and food.

"We have 4 stray dogs of our own and we can't afford to take anymore dogs in but we couldn't leave her out in the cold." said Arnold.

She made calls to an animal shelter but never heard back. She was at a loss of what to do until a local vet offered to take a look at the injury.

Dr. Babbi Dilbeck from the Jacksboro Veterinary Services Center gave her a physical exam and said "She's dragging her right front paw so the big concern is that there is nerve damage and there's no way to fix that."

However, she wouldn't know exactly what was wrong until she took an x-ray and it revealed a painful diagnosis.

"The bone is split in two and each piece of bone is not in any relationship with each other." said Dr. Dilbeck.

The leg is salvageable but would cost upwards of $3,000 and the veterinary center cannot perform the surgery, they need a specialist to do the work. The owners of the dog don't want her back so the center has to either raise enough money to fix the leg or amputate it.

"Amputating her leg is our last resort to save her life. It's not something we want to do because she's a young dog and shouldn't have to limp through the rest of her life." said Dr. Dilbeck

For now, the dog is at the veterinary center with pain medication hoping that the people of the Volunteer State will donate enough money to save her leg.

If you would like to help please send a check of any amount to:

Jacksboro Veterinary Services
168 Indian Mound Circle, Jacksboro, Tennessee 37757

Please put "Donation for Dog's Leg" in the memo section at the bottom of the check.

Or you can call Jacksboro Veterinary Services at (423) 563-0042 and they will run a credit/debit for you! They are open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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