Iron County shelter seeks donations for dog leg surgery

IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) — A seven-month-old dog in southern UP undergoes costly surgery on Wednesday.

Sandy is a seven month old retriever mix. She has a broken leg in two places and surgery is needed.

“She was from the Watersmeet Tribal Police. We believe this could be a case of abuse,” said Northwoods Animal Shelter board member and volunteer Patty Cain.

The Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River has been caring for Sandy for over a week.

On Monday, Sandy went to Iron Mountain in a foster home. She will be operated on Wednesday.

“It’s going to take about 12 weeks for her to be operational and heal. After that, she’ll be ready for adoption,” Cain said.

Sandy’s adoptive mother is a veterinarian at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital. She plans to adopt him after the operation. Sandy takes anti-inflammatory painkillers, but you can’t tell she’s uncomfortable.

“She’s resilient, there’s no doubt about it. She’s a nice little girl,” Cain said.

The cost of the surgery will be around $4,500. The animal shelter is still raising funds to cover this cost. So far the shelter is about halfway there. Sandy wears a cone for protection.

“It’s to keep him from chewing on his bandages and biting his paw,” Cain explained. “When dogs are uncomfortable and in pain, they tend to chew.”

Sandy is still a pup with lots of energy, and Cain said staff need to keep her away from other animals.

“We just want to keep her comfortable until she can have surgery,” Cain said.

If you would like to donate to help Sandy get the surgery, you can visit the Northwoods Animal Shelter Facebook page. Additionally, you can call the shelter at 906-265-7387 to inquire.

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