Biggs was surrendered with one of his siblings to Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) in Philadelphia by a breeder. Philadelphia SPCA, in an attempt to help ACCT with their over-population, took both puppies to their facility. They noticed that Biggs had a significant limp, so they did a series of x-rays. The preliminary diagnosis was a left elbow incongruity and bilateral hip dysplasia. This diagnosis put him on the "rescue only urgent list." They reached out to Sunrays Pit Bull Rescue and within days, two of the board directors evaluated Biggs and brought him to me. I am one of their most active fosters and take a lot of their medical cases - Biggs is my 42nd foster.
Biggs got here on a Thursday night. I met the girls outside to greet him and as soon as I saw the giant smile on his face as he gimped towards me, my heart melted. He is the happiest, most lovable wiggle-butt out there. He just kisses everyone and wants nothing but belly rubs. I made an appointment to see my orthopedic specialist, Dr. Ross from Crown Veterinary Specialists. Since we were told Biggs' limp was due to congenital issues we made the first available appointment - which was the next Tuesday. When we arrived, Biggs greeted everyone with wags and kisses - the staff fell in love.
Dr. Ross came in to share the bad news and the tears rolled off my face. Biggs' injuries were not congenital, he actually had two fractures - his humerus and femur - that were already in the healing stages. She estimated them to be around two to two and a half-weeks old, putting the injury time at just prior to his surrender to the shelter.