A puppy, purchased at a flea market, is deformed after being forced to live in a small crate which did not allow him to develop properly. The now seven-month-old Golden retriever puppy dubbed “Tiny Tim,” was transferred to Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) from another shelter and the non-profit organization quickly went to work to raise funds to provide the disabled puppy with the veterinary care that he requires to live a more comfortable life.
Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of APA!, explained how the confinement impacted Tiny Tim’s developing body:
For the majority of his puppyhood, Tiny Tim was kept in a small crate that did not allow his hind legs to grow normally. His knee caps are on the side of his legs as a result of staying in a bent position for too long. The femur bones have literally grown past the knee caps so he can no longer extend his hind legs or walk normally.”
An orthopedic specialist, who helps APA! with special cases, has recommended a groundbreaking, new procedure to help improve the pup’s quality of life – the procedure comes with a hefty price tag (a minimum of $2,000), but those who know this good-natured pup feel that he is deserving of the staggering cost.
“Tiny Tim is surprisingly sweet and happy. He didn’t deserve what happened to him, whether it was done out of ignorance or cruelty. We want to give him a second chance to live his life to the fullest.”
The plea for help, made just this week, was answered. On Friday, the organization stated:
Tiny Tim is feeling the love! Thanks to your generosity, we have raised ALL the funds needed for Tiny Tim’s surgery and even enough to cover any complications. Thank you so much! AND we were able to schedule his surgery for January 6th! The outpouring of support for this wonderful dog is truly remarkable.
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