In addition to the gruesome injuries to his hind legs, the doe-eyed puppy was also suspected of having a fractured pelvis, and it was apparent by the scarring on his legs that his injuries occurred at least a month before he arrived at the Port Washington, NY facility from a tiny shelter on the island, so diagnosing and treating them proved more complicated than expected.
"Unfortunately, Tyson has substantial damage to his left knee. The knee cap is obliterated, which means he essentially has no knee cap, and in order for the knee to function properly you need a knee cap. It's unlikely this is a repairable issue, so he may end up losing the limb if we can't make it functional. Of course we'll consult with the orthopedic surgeons at the AMC before making any decisions," said Dr. Verdino. "Three of the four bones in his foot on the other hind leg are also broken and they appear to be healing abnormally. It's unfortunate because if this winds up being his only remaining hind leg he'd be baring all of his weight on an abnormal foot."