Nearly two years ago three Rottweiler pups were rescued from a horrible situation -- their "caretaker" put rubber bands on each of the pups. When the threesome were removed from the situation by a humane law enforcement officer and admitted as to the League's Medical Center our team immediately went to work removing the rubber bands. It was soon determined, because the damage was so severe, that Riley's left front leg would be amputated. The other pups recovered once the heavy bands were removed from their necks. Kara, Riley's primary caretaker in the medical center, fell in love with her patient and adopted the good-natured pup.
Hailey, the dog standing on all fours in the picture, was adopted by a rather unconventional family -- she is a member of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department. She quickly became the most popular member of the squad, and takes her role as fire prevention expert seriously -- she often accompanies the firefighters to community events. During the summer Hailey made a guest appearance at our Caring Kids -- All About Animals -- Camp. She and Rylie took part in a presentation focusing on the horrors of animal abuse.
All was great until recently. While playing, Hailey suffered an injury to one of her back legs. As a volunteer organization the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department relies on donations. Hailey’s care is paid for from proceeds from the firehouse soda machine. At 50 cents per can, it was going to take a lot of soda to get Hailey the surgery she needed to repair a torn ligament in her knee.
Worried about their loyal companion, the firefighters contacted Kara. The League's Medical Center is not equipped to perform such specialized surgery. We contacted our very good friends at Friendship Hospital for Animals and the rest, as they say, is history! Dr. Mat Glassman, worked with Hailey and the members of the Fire Department to make sure she got the help she needed. Both Hailey and the members of the HVFD are grateful for their assistance. Hailey is recovering nicely and is expected to running and playing in no time.
To read more about Hailey and see pictures of her at the firehouse and xrays of her knee, click on the link
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