NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y. (WKBW) — A 7-week-old puppy is recovering from severe injuries he suffered when he was bitten over the weekend.
“We just started treating him, trying to heal his wounds up, got some X-rays, find out what the extent was and now he mainly just needs time,” Niagara County SPCA Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Christopher Brown, said.
The puppy affectionately nicknamed “Little Guy” by SPCA staff is resting and recovering after being attacked by another dog. On Saturday night, the puppy was originally brought in for treatment at Northtowns Veterinary Emergency after that attack in the home he lived in. The family couldn’t afford the needed care, so the Niagara County SPCA stepped in.
“[He] has some broken bones, some lacerations, but we’re trying to get him pain free, get the swelling down,” Dr. Brown said. Those wounds were stitched up, but the shelter is now making sure that he is able to eat and drink.
On Tuesday the puppy came back to the shelter for a drain and feeding tube to help with nutrition. Dr. Brown took the puppy home and will continue to foster "Little Guy" until he is well enough to be put up for adoption.
“[We] get some tail wags out of him once in a while, so he seems like a sweetheart,” Dr. Brown said.
The shelter set up both a Facebook fundraiser and GoFundMe to help cover the costs of the puppy’s care. In 24 hours, the two fundraisers combined raised more than $9,000 dollars. Dozens of adoption requests for “Little Guy” also continue pouring in.
“I have family members in Michigan that want to adopt him, so there’s a lot of outpouring for that,” Dr. Brown said.
It’s unclear just how long until “Little Guy” will be in the kennels ready to find his forever home, but until then, the focus is on letting him heal.
You can find a GoFundMe page here, with donations going towards the puppy's medical care.