UPDATE 3/21/16: The family that rescued Daisy had some bad news: their vet said Daisy has a bad case of heartworms and has pulmonary edema, and therefore is no longer a candidate for surgery. The family has requested that any donations be used for another pet in need, which is what Azzore’s Angels will do.
UPDATE 3/8/16: So far, $25 has been raised for Daisy’s surgery.
While driving home along the same highway I’ve driven for many years, I saw what appeared to be a pair of eyeballs peering up at me from the median near Smackover, AR. It was close to dark, so I wasn’t sure what it was. My guess was a dog was lounging in the median. Just to be certain he was ok, I turned around and returned to the site when the eyeballs were. Not to my surprise, it was indeed a dog, a Beagle. What did catch me by surprise was the dog tried to bolt as I approached, but his back legs weren’t working.
Poor dog had obviously been hit by a passing vehicle and left for dead. Not knowing the extent of her injuries, I quickly made a plan to rush him to my vet for after-hours emergency care. With the help of a stranger, we picked up the terrified Beagle (he yelped in pain and tried to bite us) and loaded him into my car. It was then I discovered “he” was a “she”.
As we headed to the vet, the doctor returned my call and said they were still there and would wait for us. She started panting in the car, so I turned on the a/c and allowed the cool air to blow on her. We arrived at the vet, they took her to the back, and I left for home not knowing if she would make it or not.
The next morning I called the vet. They reported she was in shock and they would wait until shock subsides before x-ray. The following day the vet reported she had no broken bones in her body! But, she did have a dislocated right hip and a dislocated right hock. And to add to it, she also had an ear infection, respiratory infection, and hook worms to boot.
We are in the process of treating the worms and the infections. There is nothing that can be done with her legs without surgery. She will never be able to run or even walk normal again without surgery. The cost of the emergency care alone was nearly $500.
No one has looked for her and no one has responded to flyers posted around town. She is on her own and needs our help to surgically correct the injuries that are causing her great pain. We are doing all we can financially and physically to help her (The cost of the emergency care alone was nearly $500), but we need to unite with other compassionate animal lovers to afford the expensive surgeries ($2200 starting figure) that will get her back on the path to recovery. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
My 3-year old daughter has decided she should be named “Daisy” instead of “stray dog” or “beagle”. Daisy thanks you for your time and generosity!