LA PLATA COUNTY - One month ago, the La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) told 9NEWS the shelter had five abused dogs who needed surgery to walk again, and it would cost $5,000 to help them. Since then, all five dogs have received their surgeries, and the Humane Society is hoping to help even more animals.
Rocky, Fawn and River all needed Femoral Head Ostectomy surgeries and rehabilitation. Another dog, named Rusty, had a fractured femur and an old femoral neck fracture as well, according to a La Plata County Humane Society press release.
Last, but not least, an animal protection officer picked up a dog LPCHS staff named Lieutenant Dan. Named after a character in the movie "Forrest Gump" Lt. Dan was found near Ignacio. People reported the dog dragging himself down the road. He was diagnosed with a Luxated Vertebrae on the lower spine.
"We've raised $35,000," Kennel Supervisor Chris Nelson told 9NEWS in an interview. "Fawn and River have been adopted and Rocky is ready for adoption. He had his surgery two weeks ago. Lt. Dan and Rusty are undergoing physical therapy."
The staff at Durango Animal Hospital does water therapy with Lt. Dan on an underwater treadmill system.
"Lt. Dan is swimming once a week," Nelson said. "(Therapists) are trying to build up strength in his front legs, and upper body, so he can lift himself up off the ground."
In the meantime LPCHS staff hope to get Lt. Dan house broken so he can go into a loving foster, or permanent, home.
Rusty had surgery at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, where he continues to receive therapy.
Nelson tells 9NEWS LPCHS received donations from about 260 people, mostly in the Denver area. The staff at La Plata is starting a special fund with that money for animals in need of surgery.
"We're going to save as many lives as we can," Nelson said.
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