When local pet groomer Jessica Rabetoy volunteered to foster a Saint Bernard injured in a hit and run accident she didn't know what a roller coaster ride she was embarking upon. The dog, now named Bambi, would have been euthanized at the Jefferson County pound due to the unlikelihood of adopting her out.
But Ms. Rabetoy, owner of Jessie's Pet Spa, would have none of that and after minimal attention to the animal's injuries she brought her home from the pound to care for. A supportive community of friends and animal advocates quickly swung into action to help. After a race to raise funds for the costly surgery to repair her fractured leg, Bambi is doing well at last.
Surgery was performed in Syracuse on December 3 and after several trips back to the vet for check-ups she will soon have her cast off permanently, much to everyone's delight, particularly Ms. Rabetoy. On December 26 Bambi went to her final appointment for a bandage change with Amy Wonderly, a vet tech at North Country Animal Health Center who has been a constant source of support during the ordeal. Bambi is scheduled to have the cast removed next week if all continues to go well.
Author's Note: I will continue to update Bambi's progress as more information becomes available.
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