Another 'Happy Tail'...

  Dog Scooter at Apple Grove Veterinary Care
  Dog Scooter lost a leg due to being shot
Scooter ran away from home one stormy night and was found six days later dragging himself out of a corn field. He couldn't use his front legs, he was covered in dirt, and his legs had open wounds filled with maggots.

"Our vet was closed for the weekend so we rushed him 40 miles away to an emergency vet clinic. The doctor at the emergency clinic was encouraging us to euthanize him due to his condition and the high costs of diagnostics and surgery. I am close friends with an Apple Grove employee and she was able to get a hold of a technician and veterinarian that were willing to come in on the weekend to examine Scooter and find out what exactly was wrong with him."

After taking radiographs, we found out that Scooter had been shot. There were bits of buckshot in both arms. His left arm had been shattered by the bullet and we had no other option but to amputate it. One of the bullets had gone through his right arm and left a large hole. The veterinarian said his wounds were not recent and that he had been like this for a few days. After being hospitalized for four days, the veterinarians still were not sure if he would be able to use his other arm due to nerve damage.

As of today, Scooter is healthy and happy. He is gaining back strength in his right arm and is using it more and more every day. Scooter likes to “scoot” if he can, but he can walk on his own and will even run for short bursts!