Donations sought for puppy in Abbotsford needing leg surgery

The local SPCA shelter needs help for Baxter, a four-month-old miniature pinscher.

Baxter is in need of surgery to save his badly broken leg.

Baxter is in need of surgery to save his badly broken leg.

The Abbotsford branch of the BC SPCA is asking for the public’s help to fund a leg-saving surgery for a miniature pinscher puppy named Baxter.

The four-month-old puppy came into SPCA care needing surgery to plate and pin his left front leg in order to save it from amputation.

Jodi Dunlop, manager of the Abbotsford SPCA, said Baxter’s owner had accidentally stepped backwards onto the dog’s leg, snapping it in half.

Even with a generous veterinary discount, the surgery is expected to cost $1,200.

Baxter was surrendered into SPCA care last week because his former guardians could not afford to treat the puppy.

“Baxter is such a sweet, loving dog. We want to make sure that we can save his leg so that he can live a full and happy life with a new adopted family,” Dunlop said.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, said the SPCA cared for nearly 30,000 abused, neglected and homeless animals last year, including 1,113 at the Abbotsford shelter.

“Many of the animals surrendered to us need urgent medical care and it is only through the compassion and generosity of our supporters that we can provide this life-saving help.”

Donations for Baxter and other animals in need can be made online at spca.bc.ca/support (indicate that the gift is for the Abbotsford branch), by calling the Abbotsford SPCA branch at 604-850-1584 or by dropping off or mailing the donation to the Abbotsford branch, 34312 Industrial Way, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7M6.