Elijah, March, 2001
Elijah, a black pup from California, was just 3 ½ months old in March 2001 when his owners surrendered him to a veterinary hospital because they could not pay for his medical care. Elijah had been playing with another dog--an older, bigger dog--and got himself caught against a sofa. The larger dog fell on Elijah, breaking his leg. His owners brought him to the vet to be put down, but she persuaded them to surrender him instead.
Elijah had a fracture of the distal tibia and fractured distal fibula. This is a fracture through the growth plate of the bone. This meant that he needed surgery done by an orthopedic surgeon; the veterinarian who had him could not do this type of surgery herself. Without the surgery, Elijah's leg would likely become deformed and Elijah would not be adoptable.
LABMED was contacted to help get Elijah back on all four feet and we quickly voted to do so. Elijah had his surgery and remained a sweet-tempered pup throughout the entire ordeal. He is now in his foster home waiting for the right family to come along and give him the forever home he deserves.
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