INDIANAPOLIS – Stitched up and using meds to numb the pain, meet Rigby, an 8 year old beagle basset mix that was found suffering from an apparent gun shot wound in rural Kentucky.
Rigby was taken to a small facility in Kentucky that didn’t have the means to take care of his urgent medical condition, so volunteers contacted Every Dog Counts rescue in Indianapolis to help them out. A caravan of dog lovers helped bring him to the vca west 86th street animal hospital.
X-rays confirmed Rigby was shot in his right shoulder. Doctors were forced to amputate one of his legs.
“There was really no way of fixing what had been done. This leg was in several pieces and because of the infection that was in there, amputation was the best option at that time,” said Dr. Mark Petersmann, VCA at the W. 86th St. Animal Hospital.
Surgery went smoothly and after this long recovery process, Dr. Petersmann says Rigby has a chance at a healthy life but getting around will be a challenge.
“However there’s a lot of options out there for these guys for mobility. So I think he’s going to do great and he’s got a great personality to him,” said Dr. Petersmann.
Rigby will be in need of a home after he has recovered.