The tale began last month when the dog, known today as Sweet Judy Blue Nose, was carried into VCA Old River Animal Hospital by a man claiming to be the dog’s owner. The animal had injuries consistent with being hit by a car, including a crushed pelvis. It was also learned that she had recently given birth to a litter of puppies.
“The owner said he had to leave the dog and go get money for the dog’s medical assessment and never came back,” Ned Jackson, medical director of VCA Old River Animal Hospital, said. “The dog had road rash, raw areas of skin and a crushed pelvis. We made several attempts to contact the owner at the number given but never heard back. We sent an abandonment letter to the address listed and no response. After 36 to 48 hours, we had to make a discussion. The dog was suffering. It was determined to end her suffering and she was scheduled to be put down. That’s when Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy stepped in and offered to help.”
“I just fell in love with this dog,” Larry Hite, founder of Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy, said.
Hite, a veterinary technician student, was at Old River the day the dog was brought in. “When we were cleaning her up, I actually saw a tear come down her face. I’ve never seen that before. This dog was in a lot of pain, and I think she knew it was going to be the end. I told the dog that I wouldn’t let her die.”
The dog was sent to Sacramento to have her surgery performed by a board-certified surgeon. The cost of the surgery was about $5,000. Within days of the surgery, she was able to walk slightly with a sling.
Hite secured a benefactor to pay for the needed surgery and started fundraising through Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy to pay back the full amount. A donation site was set up under the Go Fund Me site.
“Shortly after her surgery, the dog was returned back to us,” Jackson said. “She made great progress. Within a week of her surgery, she could stand and support her weight. I’d say that was pretty good. She can now walk on all four legs. To this day, no one has inquired or claimed the dog.”
In addition to finding a way to pay for the surgical costs, Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy has found a home for the dog. Last Saturday, Sweet Judy Blue Nose was adopted by a Livermore resident.
“I’m convinced that God was in here making sure things were happening,” Hite said. “With each deadline given for this dog, someone came through to help.”
Through fundraising efforts and private donations, Noah’s Ark Foundation has been able to raise almost $3,000. The foundation is still short of the $5,000 goal needed to recoup the surgical costs.
Noah’s Ark Foundation can be found at www.noahsarkfoundationoftracy.com. Larry Hite can be contacted directly at 740- 7211. Donations can be made through www.gofundme.com/Noahs-Ark-Tracy.
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