PRINCE GEORGE, Va. – Trike came to the Prince George Animal Shelter Wednesday night, after authorities made a welfare check and found him in bad shape. A piece of bedding had wrapped around his leg and it cut off all circulation. The three-year-old Chihuahua-mix dog was signed over by owners to the county. According to Joe Green, director at the shelter, the owners said they didn’t notice the bedding around Trike’s leg.
A veterinarian determined that the dog will need to have his leg amputated.
His leg is dead and was quite literally rotting away representatives at the shelter said.
The shelter said they are asking for the public’s assistance, because the estimated cost of surgery is $500-$700 and is well beyond the average bill they incur.
“If you can donate, please assist us in saving Trike! He deserves to live regardless of if that means three legs instead of four,” said a shelter representative.
There are multiple ways to donate.
The shelter said that credit donations can be made over the phone; cash, card, or check can be accepted in person at the adoption center; and checks or cash can also be given directly to Disputanta Animal Hospital in Trike’s name to assist with the medical bill.
The shelter is not taking applications for him right now and will wait until his surgery is successful and he recovers.
The case remains under investigation. Another dog was surrendered at the same time, and has already been adopted.