Pigeon's Story - Amputation
Pigeon came through our clinic from the local shelter,
after she, along with her brother and mother were picked up by the dog
warden. She had an older open wound and was unable to use her hind leg.
The joints were fusing and the leg was unsalvagable. Because of the
severity of her injuries, the shelter was unable to care for her, and
faced with a tough decision, they contacted a Good Samaritan, who
adopted Pigeon and brought her back to NCAHC for amputation of the
useless leg. It became evident after a short time with her foster mom
that the affected limb did nothing but hold the young puppy back,
causing her to be less willing to play with her foster brothers and
sisters. X-rays showed that she had a dislocated hip and a shattered
hock (ankle). Amputation was the best choice for Pidge.