Unlucky dog needs help from community
When her 2-year-old husky, Logan, was hit by a speeding truck in front of her Second Street home Saturday afternoon, Medford resident Alexis McFall wasn’t sure he would survive.
She didn’t see the truck but she heard her dog’s ear-deafening screams as neighbors ran to his aid.
Witnesses say Logan was dragged 50 or more feet after being hit, and he will now require a $2,500 surgery to save his leg and hopefully be able to walk normally again.
“He got out of the yard and was walking around. I had put him out back to let him go potty and he pushed the gate open to go look around. He didn’t make it too far. He was right in front of the house when it happened,” McFall said.
“According to witnesses, a red truck was barreling down the street and hit him without even slowing down. They hit him and kept going ... When I ran back outside, Logan was screaming and trying to head back to the house as best he could. We had to put him onto a board to get him into the car. He was in so much pain.”
McFall said she breathed a temporary sigh of relief, despite accumulating a credit line to cover the almost $800 emergency veterinary bill at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center, to learn that her dog had no internal injuries. She looked forward to taking him home as soon as he was stabilized but learned that his leg was too severely broken to heal if merely splinted.
“They found a small puncture wound on the upper lip and some road rash on his back-left leg and two severe fractures on his left front leg. He also has a fractured radius and a fractured ulna (both on his left front leg) due to the extent of the fracture,” McFall said.
“A basic splint placement won’t heal it, so he needs a major surgery to put a plate in his arm. They wanted to give him the surgery that day but, due to financial limitations, we weren’t able to have it done. It would have been $4,000 at the emergency vet.”
McFall said the emergency vet encouraged the family to take Logan home and try to find a more affordable option for the surgery. With enough painkillers prescribed to buy the dog a seven-day window, the clock is ticking.
Amputation would be less expensive than surgery. Neither amputation nor the leg-saving operation are within McFall’s reach after applying for a credit line to cover the emergency vet bill.
“So far, I found two vets who are able to do it for cheaper than the emergency vet, but they don’t offer payment plans. They’re asking $2,500, and I just can’t afford that. If he doesn’t get surgery, he’ll have to have an amputation, which I also have to figure out how to pay for,” she said.
“The way his leg is now, it won’t heal. It’s stabilized, so he’s not in as much pain, but he’s still a puppy. He just turned 2 in July and he has such a personality. He’s super energetic, loves to play and he always uses his paws for everything.”
McFall, who is self-employed and works in internet sales, said she isn’t one to ask for help. But the alternative seems bleak for her 115-pound pooch.
McFall adopted Logan when he was 6 weeks old and she takes him everywhere. The pair enjoy a slew of outdoor activities together.
“I really don’t want him to lose his leg. It’s a miracle that he survived, so it would be really sad for him to lose his leg because I couldn’t figure out how to get the surgery done.”
As of Tuesday evening, a gofundme campaign McFall started had raised $1,310 of the $2,500 needed. Painkillers prescribed by the emergency vet will suffice until Saturday, she said.
For more information, search for “Help save my dogs leg” at www.gofundme.com/
Reach freelance writer Buffy Pollock at firstname.lastname@example.org.