A disabled puppy has been saved from a bleak and uncertain future, thanks to a life-changing surgery and the help of numerous animal lovers. Sandy, a 10-month-old German Shepherd, suffered from a nutritional problem that left his front legs severely misshapen and challenging to use. Unable to walk comfortably and only partially able to see, Sandy was abandoned by his owners in Greece. But when Pat Clark, who runs Mutts in Distress animal charity in the UK, found out about Sandy through dog rescue channels, all that changed.
"I saw his picture and that was it," Clark said in an interview. "We had to get him over." She launched a fundraising campaign to bring the dog to Cambridge, where she lives, and received hundreds of pounds in donations. Clark was able to bring Sandy to the UK in December, and last week he underwent surgery to straighten his right leg, using plates that were also donated to Sandy's cause. Chaim Pilosof, a surgeon at Companion Care Vets, performed the surgery on his day off, and has agreed to perform all of Sandy's surgeries pro-bono.
"So far it has gone really well," Pilosof told one reporter. "At the moment he is on cage rest because he needs to rest a lot, but he is already trying to do much more than we allow him to."
Once Sandy has had both legs straightened and completed physical therapy, Clark plans to adopt him as her own. "I am speechless and overwhelmed by people's kindness and generosity shown to an abandoned dog," she said. "A month ago he had no hope of ever walking properly or hope of the gift of sight... Here he is now, facing a whole new life, happy and safe, thanks to people prepared to give."