Pooh didn't really belong to anyone, although a local woman occasionally left food outside for him. When the woman noticed Pooh was hurt, she rushed him to Central Vet Clinic, a veterinary hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital. Vladislav Zlatinov, a surgeon who worked there, was the first to examine Pooh.
Pooh had severe soft tissue damage and open, infected wounds. Zlatinov knew he needed to act fast.
Initially, Zlatinov thought he had only two choices - amputate the back legs high up on the limbs or, if that didn't work, euthanize Pooh to put him out of his misery.