Published May 17th, 2012
Could you leave a tired and exhausted dog on the highway? Officials from a Florida organization brought a dog to the veterinarian after spending days abandoned on I-75 in Central Florida. Doctors could not specify where the dog was found but say it is south of Gainesville. They say the dog is lucky to be alive. Some of the pictures you are about to see are graphic.
These are some of the pictures of "Freeway" a 66 pound Greyhound racing dog.
"He has wounds about 70-80 percent of his body." Doctor Joseph Bradcase, Veterinarian at UF Small Animal Hospital said.
Officials from Gold Coast Greyhound Adoption Agency say there was a fight between Freeway and another dog while they were being carried from Sarasota to Tallahassee. The latch door on their Hauler came open, and both dogs got out. they found the other dog right away.
But Freeway got away, and stayed away for days. Gold Coast workers saw Freeway running on I-75 in Sumter County last Wednesday. They got help from a good Samaritan and brought him here to the U-F Small Animal Hospital where doctors Joseph Bradcase and Caleb Hudson had to quickly work to save his life.
"You're getting protective," a nurse said.
You can see the cuts all over his body.
"Some of the wounds were not too deep but some of them were full thickness of the skin," Doctor Caleb Hudson said.
While he was fighting for his life, Freeway nearly had to fight another battle. He had to be discharged because no one could pay his bill. After words got out on Facebook about this racing dog, people from over 32 states and Canada donated funds.
"It makes me feel great, we had a lot of people that cared about Freeway that are willing to work hard and get some funds together, then ultimately treat him pretty aggressively here."
Now the racing greyhound is back on his feet, his cuts are healing.
"Right now Freeway's attitude is great, he's standing up going for walks, he seems what's really interested on what's going on around him," Caleb said.
And Freeway is aggressively walking his way back to good health. But he still has to go under the knife. And once finishing treatment, this lucky dog will be put up for adoption.
Doctors say Freeway underwent three surgeries, he's expected to have one more to repair tissue tentatively on Friday.
To help you go to GoldCoastAdoption.com
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