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Chihuahua shot in leg recovering after surgery: Community helps to raise funds

Lil' Tim will remain at the animal hospital for another 10 days, but should be as good as new within a month.
Diaz' Heart Animal Hospital

A tiny little chihuahua now named Lil' Tim is recovering at a Hialeah, Fla. animal hospital after being rescued on June 13 from Miami-Dade Animal Care and Control by Mirtha Garcia, a local dog rescue volunteer with a special place in her heart for the perky little breed.

For this tiny one, the shelter thought the pooch had been hit by a car. Since they have no facilities for x-rays, no one was really sure why Lil' Tim was limping reported

"The dog was limping here and very depressed because he was in pain," stated Garcia, so off she went to Diaz' Heart Animal Hospital in Hialeah.

An examination showed the dog had been shot in the leg. According to Dr. Jose Diaz, the dog had

"a complete fracture of the humerus, we have a fragment of the bullet inside the bone. It's very surprising, because the bullet [fragments] are inside the fracture's sides. It's very surprising because it never happens, and I don't believe people do that."

The injuries were so severe had Lil' Tim not had the surgery, he would have continued to be in severe pain and would have had to be euthanized.

Fortunately for Lil' Tim, he has garnered the financial support needed for his $3,000 operation and aftercare. His prognosis looks fine, and within two weeks, this bouncing little Chi will be ready for a new home.

It's doubtful that Lil' Tim's abuser will ever be found. The dog had no identification nor was he micro chipped, but soon he will be looking for a new home where he will get the pampering he needs. Right now the little guy is still afraid, but time is known to heal all wounds.

Interested in adopting this pint sized pocket pal? More information is available by contacting;

Diaz' Heart Animal Hospital
4172 W 12th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012
(305) 824-0500

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