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Rescued St. Bernard 'Bambi' recovering from surgery

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Efforts to raise $4,500 to save a rescued St. Bernard's life have paid off: Bambi had surgery in Syracuse on Tuesday.

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The dog was found in a ditch on Rt. 26 about one month ago and would have been put down by local dog control due to the significance of her injury. For that reason, the leg received only minimal care.

However, Jessie Rabetoy, a local pet groomer, stepped in until a home could be found and quickly became attached to the dog, deciding to keep her.

During a vet exam the extent of the dog's injuries were realized: Bambi needed extensive surgery to save the infected leg that was found to be shattered rather than simply fractured. Worse - if the leg could not be saved Bambi would also lose her life. Due to the injuries sustained in the hit and run accident the dog's hips would not support her weight should she lose a leg. Bambi's vet felt it would not be possible for her to function with only three legs.

So the race was on to raise the funds for the life-saving surgery. Locals and the pet advocate internet community came through in droves, raising nearly all of the $4,500 necessary for the operation through the website and donations at Jessie's Pet Spa. An anonymous benefactor with a great love for St. Bernards also came forward to donate a large sum that helped speed the fund along.

Ms. Rabetoy reports Bambi is doing well although she is still very sleepy. The surgery lasted much longer than was anticipated because the bones had begun to fuse together. Bambi had two surgical screws and a plate placed in her limb and will need to spend four weeks recovering in her crate, but ultimately her prognosis is good.

Supporters will be pleased to know that Bambi is on her way home tonight. More updates coming soon.

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