Lauren's eye was immediately drawn to Floyd, a black male pittie. His muzzle was crooked, as though someone had tried to push his nose off his face. As she poked and prodded it became clear that something was very wrong. He was in pain, though in true pit bull style his delight at human contact overcame his discomfort, and he wagged and wiggled his way through the exam.
The animal control staff didn't have the resources for vetting, and since Floyd was eating normally and seemed so happy, they didn't think there was a medical emergency (in any case, if he was diagnosed with a serious injury, they'd have no choice but to euthanize).
Lauren rushed Floyd to Southpoint Veterinary Clinic, where he was given painkillers and surgery to correct a severely dislocated jaw. Thankfully, his prognosis is good. Because he was untreated for so long, Floyd will never have 100% normal function or appearance, but he will be able to eat, play, and live a long and healthy life. Floyd is recovering beautifully in foster care, with a sweet temperament and a love for every creature he meets (human, canine or feline!).
After the Surrey rescue of 23 dogs earlier this year, HugABull is still recovering financially and cannot afford to pull dogs with severe health problems. However, we couldn't leave Floyd in a cold cell only to live out a few more painful days before being euthanized. Southpoint veterinarians felt the same way and provided us with a deep discount, but it is still more than we can comfortably afford.
We don't regret our decision to take Floyd into the program - not for a second - but it does add to a growing pile of vet bills. If you have $10, $25 or $50 to help us with Floyd's care, it would help immensely. We'd be happy to recognize your gift by listing your name on this page as his guardian angel - and we'll provide you with updates on how he's doing!