Awful compound fracture, but Dr. Naditch was able to save the leg
Hap (Bobby) after surgery
As Carolyn was driving along Palmdale Blvd Monday, this poor dog had just been hit by a car (the driver never stopping!). She rushed to the dog and found that his leg had been horribly broken and he was struggling to get up. She made him lie down and called Susan, who sped to the scene.
Three good Samaritans, Magaly, Maria, and Adolfo (pictured here with Carolyn), stopped to help. Officer Young of the local police force was also there and had alerted Animal Control, who were on the way.
Carolyn and the team gave the dog water and formed a tent over him with a sheet to protect him from the brutal sun. He was taken to High Desert Animal Care, where they contacted the owner, who at that time relinquished him to Animal Control. He went to the Lancaster Shelter, and they said the leg would have to be amputated. Carolyn and Susan pulled him out of the shelter and took him back to Dr. Gay Naditch at High Desert, where she was able to pin and save the leg!! (she's brilliant).
Our FaceBook and email campaign garnered enough donations to cover the cost of the operation. Our FB friends and SNIPpets readers rock!! We called him Hap, and he's a beautiful black Lab. Everyone at High Desert fell in love with him because of his sweet temperament and calm demeanor. Through all the pain and fear, he never complained or tried to nip.
His story was in Monday's issue of the AV Press (thanks to Managing Editor Chuck Bostwick, who has been uber supportive). We were able to track down Hap's original owners, who were thrilled to have him back. It's hard to know the real story about why they relinquished him to Animal Control; AC may have spoken to one of the family who didn't speak English very well, and they may not have understood. They're a really nice family, they live in a lovely home with kids and another dog. Hap's real name is Bobby; the family is going to continue with his treatment, which we will help them with thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated to SNIP for him. Wonderful ending for a wonderful dog!