Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pit bull could lose legs if not treated

Penny, a pit bull puppy, was found in Prunedale with broken front legs.

By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO • MZAMUDIO@thecalifornian.com. • February 16, 2009

A 5-month-old pit bull could lose her two front legs if she's not treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

The puppy was found in Prunedale on Saturday with both of her legs severely broken.

Now, the Animal Friends Rescue Project, a local animal rescue group, is trying to raise the $3,000 needed to pay for the puppy's treatment, said Alexandra McCabe, executive director for the nonprofit.

It is still unclear what happened to the pooch -- named "Penny" by her caregivers -- but it's likely the abandoned dog was struck by a car, McCabe said.

"It seems unusual that both of her legs were broken," she said. "If she is not treated, it could lead to amputation."