In Utah, a Labrador lost a leg but gained lots of friends and support.
A few days ago, Todd Ellis went to the Warner Valley desert with his son to go UTV riding. There, they stumbled upon an injured dog.
“We were headed to the desert to go riding our UTV. As we drove up the road, she hobbled out of the brush bleeding with an apparent broken leg,” Todd told HLN.
They immediately drove the dog to the Washington Family Veterinarian Clinic.
The vet could not find a microchip and believed the dog was most likely run over by a vehicle.
“She was in a lot of pain, so getting a good X-ray was difficult. The first night, one of the workers at the clinic took her home so she could keep a closer eye on her and make sure she wasn’t alone,” he said.
The poor dog underwent surgery the next day and sadly the vets could not save her right back leg, which was amputated.
The clinic only charged the Ellis family the price of a bag of dog food for the dog’s operation and care. The family named her Thumper and helped her along the road to recovery.
“The first day she wasn’t one to move around too much, but after a night of rest, she was ready to get back to walking,” Ellis said.
Unfortunately, Ellis could not keep Thumper, so he created a GoFundMe campaign for her with all donations to go to her new owners for supplies, license fees, and follow-up checkups with the vet.As of now, the campaign has raised more than $1,800.
Thumper is now living with a nice new family who have three happy children. She also has a new name – Hope – very fitting in the circumstances.
Thumper’s story has also been trending on Reddit.
Image and article source: HLN TV