DISPUTANTA, Va. — A Virginia veterinarian has turned to the internet for help in nursing an injured dog back to health.
Griffen, a two-year-old French bulldog, was injured when his family crashed while driving from Florida to Manassas, Virginia for Thanksgiving.
“He was crated in the back of the van that took the hardest impact. Rescue workers cut his crate off from around his body to get him out. He had suffered a spinal chord injury leaving him in excruciating pain and unable to use his hind legs,” Dr. Kim Eaton, with Disputanta Animal Hospital, said. “As the family has been released one by one from the hospital, with the exception of their daughter, the family has now learned the extent of [Griffen’s] problems. Their car insurance is unable to help because it had lapsed by two weeks prior to the accident.”
Dr. Eaton said a MRI revealed a small fractured vertebrae that is touching Griffen’s spinal chord, causing him excruciating pain and contributing to his inability to use his legs correctly.
“We now need to raise money for the surgery. They will need to stabilize the spine with pin screws and cement,” she said. “[Griffen] has about a 60 to 70 percent of improvement.”
Dr. Eaton set up a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising $7,000 to help pay for the dog’s medical needs.
“My heart breaks for him as he is very sweet, but yet so scared,” she said. “The way he looks into my eyes is unexplainable. It just seems so unfair that this has happened to them all. If you are an animal lover and have any compassion for him or the misfortune of the family, a donation to help Griffen would greatly be appreciated.”