Charlie’s Story: A Mutilated Leg & Slit Throat

It wasn’t even 10 days into 2018, and we’d already rescued 3 dogs with serious injuries and broken bones. This is rescue: Charlie’s Story

On January 9th at 4:30 p.m., we met our 4th special case of the year, Charlie. Charlie was found on the side of the road with a badly mangled and mutilated leg, and slit throat. The Animal League immediately stepped in and within minutes, we rushed this sweet boy to the emergency surgeon.

Recounted by Doreen Barker, The Animal League President

 

January 9, 2018

Not even 10 days into 2018 and he is our 4th emergency case of the year. Charlie was found on the side of the road with a badly mangled and mutilated leg, and a slit throat. The Animal League immediately stepped in and within minutes, we rushed this sweet boy to an emergency surgeon.

 

 

Charlie found on 1/9/2018 with a mangled mutilated leg
Charlie found on 1/9/2018 with a mangled mutilated leg
Charlie found on 1/9/18 with a slit throat
Charlie found on 1/9/18 with a slit throat
Charlie arrives at AVS for emergency surgery
Charlie arrives at AVS for emergency surgery
Charlie is carried from the transport car to the AVS surgical room on a stretcher
Charlie is carried from the transport car to the AVS surgical room on a stretcher

January 10, 2018

Morning – Charlie is stable but his injuries are severe. His neck was cut so deep that it severed two muscle bellies. He will need reconstructive surgery to be able to move his head and swallow properly. Two salivary glands from the same side will likely also need to be removed. He will be getting a drain in, and bandages are being changed regularly. The plan is that tomorrow he will have further evaluations on his neck during his leg surgery (we’re hoping his leg can be saved). The vet will determine if he will need one surgery, or multiple surgeries.

Charlie with bandaged leg
Charlie on January 10th with a bandaged leg.

 

Afternoon – Unfortunately Charlie’s leg cannot be saved. He will be going into surgery tomorrow to have it amputated. And, sadly, the neck cut is believed to be human-inflicted. How any human being could do this is beyond our comprehension.

 

January 11, 2018

Charlie had surgery today to amputate his leg and to repair his neck. He made it through! His neck wound was closer to his tongue than anticipated but the laceration has been repaired and they are observing function. He is on IV fluids, pain medication and antibiotics, and has a catheter. The amazing folks at AVS Gainesville are hand-feeding him small amounts and watching for a fever. We will be speaking to the surgeon tomorrow.

 

January 12, 2018

We spoke to the surgeon today and he gave us some good news! The surgeon was able to work on Charlie’s neck while he was under anesthesia. After scraping away the dead muscle, the surgeon found good tissue and he was able to do reconstruction. Swelling is down by 50% compared to yesterday. While we still need to monitor his neck, no drain is needed! Charlie will be on heavy antibiotics for a couple of weeks, as well as continued pain meds until he is healed.

Charlie was much spunkier this morning, his appetite has increased, and he even had his catheter pulled. Even more good news…. Charlie stole the heart of one of the AVS veterinarians and she offered to foster him. It looks like Charlie’s luck is turning around!

 

January 17, 2018

Charlie is recovering nicely from his surgery! He spent the past few days in foster care with one of the vets from AVS. Charlie is doing very well. This is Charlie meeting his foster sister, Josie!

 

Charlie on January 17th meeting foster sister, Josie.

 

We are told Charlie is a very young boy – a puppy and under a year old! Charlie still has a long road ahead until he will be ready to find a home, but he has made great progress so far! Charlie is one of the first special-needs dogs that we’ve taken in this year, but he certainly won’t be the last. The emergency vet bill alone totaled nearly $4,000. Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared his story.

 

January 21, 2018

Charlie is learning how to walk, run, and play as he recovers in foster care. He seems to be picking it up well, and is getting stronger every day!

 

 

March 3, 2018

Charlie is still in good hands with his foster mom. He is recovering and learning balance on his three legs. Charlie is slowly learning how to balance and is not quite “getting it” as other amputees do.  We’re currently seeking a canine physical therapist to assist with his recovery on a pro bono basis, or we’ll need to raise funds for his support.

 

Charlie on March 2, 2018
In spite of it all, Charlie is a happy boy!

 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sunshine Fund for Charlie. Your generous donations make rescues like his possible.

 

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April 6, 2018

Can you believe it’s been three months since we first met Charlie? Charlie received the lifesaving care he needed thanks to The Sunshine Fund and to the caring veterinarians and staff at AVS Gainesville. After his surgeries, Charlie spent some time in foster care recovering with one of the vets who helped save him. As this chapter of Charlie’s story comes to a close, we are excited to help him open a new, happier one as he is now ready to find his forever family!

 

None of this would have been possible without the 29+ caring individuals and businesses who contributed to the Sunshine Fund to help him. A big “thank you” to you! Wed also like to thank everyone who helped spread Charlie’s story on Facebook and who adopted a “Sunshine Fundraiser” pet.

 

We hope to show you his Happy Tails picture soon!

 

Charlie Sunshine Fund The Animal League Shelter and Rescue