Simon is a courageous survivor who has endured, and survived, more than any dog, during any lifetime, should have to.
In mid-November, the 3-legged dog was picked up as a stray by animal control and taken to an animal control facility in Brownsville, Tenn.
Thanks to the condition of his body, the animal control officer determined that Simon should be euthanized. Fortunately, an employee at the high kill facility reached out to the SOAR Dog Rescue to see if there was any hope for Simon to be saved.
The rescue agency answered that cry for help and pulled Simon from the facility and transported him to a veterinary hospital where the full extent of his suffering was revealed.
The veterinarian determined that Simon's missing leg was the result of an "at home" amputation and the injury to his front shoulder was the result of an old gunshot wound. During the months that the shoulder was left untreated, the broken shoulder bone fused backwards.
Andra Stelbrink of SOAR Dog Rescue, described what has been done for the wound:
Because it had been 2 months or more since he had been shot and the break occurred it had already started to heal bone on top of bone. This can't be reversed so a plate was added to stabilize the bone and allow the healing process to continue.
The tube you see is protecting 5 pins that hold the plate in place. They will be in for 6 more weeks. Because he kept his paw curled under to avoid moving the shoulder that muscle has contracted.
We start next week working his paw to stretch the muscle. If the muscle can't be stretched enough for him to bear weight then the vet and I will go back and discuss options and next steps. He has a long way to go and we won't know for at least another 6 weeks if this will work. If not and Simon won't be suffering I will be looking into an artificial device.
Recently, Hendrick Boards, a California-based skateboard deck and apparel design company which donates a portion of their sales towards animal shelters and rescue agencies, has picked up Simon as one of their featured dogs.
Simon and his painful past have touched many people - those who have learned about this beleaguered dog are hopeful that he can make a full recovery and go on to enjoy a normal, full life.
Until that day, he is loved by his rescuer.
I love Simon and will see him thru this to the end no matter what the end may be.
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