Trooper wasn’t alone, he was living with people he trusted and loved, but he was being neglected.
Trooper is a young eight-month-old husky cross. He suffered at least six weeks with a fractured leg. There was swelling and he wasn’t able to put any weight on his leg. The leg started to heal, but because it was never treated, it became malformed. Trooper received no medical care and had to endure every day with this extremely painful injury.
It was clear to neighbours something was wrong with Trooper and that he wasn’t getting better. They wondered if Trooper was receiving any medical care. They began to doubt he was. They worried if Trooper was in pain and suffering. While neighbours watched with growing concerns, Trooper’s family knew something had happened. Why didn’t they get help for this injured puppy?
We don’t have the answer to that question but once the call was made to the London Humane Society, our agent went to investigate. In the face of scrutiny, the owners decided to surrender Trooper to the London Humane Society for immediate medical care. The veterinarian made the grim assessment that the leg on this young underweight puppy would have to be amputated. With the growth plate damaged, the leg much shorter than the others and severe muscle atrophy, it was the best decision for Trooper. This was a sad and preventable situation. After a lengthy hour and a half surgery, Trooper’s leg was amputated. The next step: rehabilitation.
Within a short time, the London Humane Society found Trooper a new forever home with a family where he’s now the center of attention. But the neglect that caused this type of suffering is not an uncommon situation for the London Humane Society to handle. For many, the unsettling local economy is making pet ownership increasingly less affordable. Several times a week, we see pet owners surrendering their pets. And this is happening at an increasing rate. The increase over last year alone is 65 per cent. It’s a startling fact and reality that demands immediate attention on a daily basis at the London Humane Society.