Dog suffers severe frostbite and loses his leg before being adopted

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MARION – A dog that suffered severe frostbite had one of his leg’s amputated.

On January 22nd, a woman found a stray dog on the side of the road in Marion, Indiana. The dog has now been named T-Peg. T-Peg’s left paw was stuck to the ground, when he was found. He lost part of the flesh around his leg and it was so bad you could see his bones.

T-Peg was taken to Animal Care & Control in Marion where surgery was performed. T-Peg’s leg was amputated. His right paw suffered minor frostbite as well. Staff from Animal Care & Control posted information about T-Peg on Facebook in order to send a message to people to make sure they take care of their pets, during subzero temperatures.

They want people to bring them inside. They also wanted to remind people that having fur doesn’t necessarily mean it is enough to keep an animal warm.

When Ryan Ferrell learned about T-Peg’s story, he instantly knew he wanted to adopt him. He visited T-Peg everyday until he adopted him and gave T-Peg his name.

“Luckily he’s here ‘cause he easily could’ve died out there. We’ll never know how many do because (you) don’t hear about that,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell said it took a little bit for them to warm up to each other, but they did. According to Animal Care & Control, Ferrell adopted T-Peg on Jan. 29.

“Most of us will never know what it’s like so yeah …it was….(it) kinda took my breath away. (It) made me real sad. I thought …man…(I) wonder if I could give this dog the life he deserves,” Ferrell said.

According to Animal Care & Control, it is possible T-Peg could have been on the side of the road and in the cold for 3 to 7 days.

“Hopefully we can live happily ever after and teach people to take their dogs in when it’s cold out,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell has created a Facebook page about T-Peg. It’s a place people can receive updates about his recovery.