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Frankie the target practice dog finds a new home

Frankie, a small dog once found tied to a tree after having been beaten and shot in the face, has finally found a new home, complete with three grandchildren who already are lavishing him with love.

Frankie was found by a group of campers Sept. 14 near Foresthill after they heard him whimpering for two days. In addition to having been beaten, the dog had been shot in the face multiple times with a pellet gun. His jaw was broken with parts of the bone missing, and the toes on one foot were broken.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian in the Bay Area and was traced to Scooter’s Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue organization that had micro-chipped Frankie about six months before adopting him out. The man who adopted the dog had told Scooter’s Pals he had euthanized him.

The information has been turned over to Placer County Animal Control, and the case is still being investigated.

Frankie had several surgeries during which doctors dug out all the broken bone, removed about a dozen gun pellets and bridged the gap in his jaw with a titanium surgical plate. His plight outraged and touched hundreds of people from as far away as Canada. So many donated funds to rescue group Scooter’s Pals, in fact, that all of Frankie’s medical care was covered, and a fund was started to cover such emergency situations.

Once Frankie was sufficiently healed, he was adopted by a family from Napa, who came to pick him up last week.

“They are offering Frankie all the love, care and security he will need,” said Scooter’s Pals volunteer Denise Cain in an email. “As a bonus, they have grandchildren that plan to dote over him daily.”

The woman who adopted Frankie posted on the dog’s Facebook page that he “was confused at first, but over the course of a couple of hours has settled right in. He ate a good dinner, has played with his toy and taken a couple of naps. The kids are thrilled and he is getting tons of love and attention … How did I know he was the perfect dog for our family? I took a leap of faith adopting a dog that I hadn’t even met. I know for certain it was God’s plan to bring Frankie to our family.”

Robin Palmer, Frankie’s foster owner, is hoping she can find homes for the other dogs she currently is fostering because she is facing a medical crisis of her own. Palmer is a dedicated foster for homeless dogs and had become Frankie’s full-time caretaker during his rehabilitation. She pushed him in a baby cart and spoon-fed him after his many surgeries.

But the lifelong Grass Valley resident has recently been diagnosed with cancer and has begun an aggressive treatment plan, including chemotherapy and radiation.

Palmer shares her home with her own three dogs, plus Puppeth, a little Jack Russell mix who is minus one half of an ear and who was brought into the Scooter’s office by a family wanting to surrender her. They had three children and another on the way and were crating the little dog most of the time. Nervous, Puppeth began rubbing off her fur, and the pads of her feet were raw from trying to escape the crate.

Palmer stepped up and took the dog in, but now Puppeth needs adopting as soon as possible.

Puppeth adores other dogs, kitties and playing “dress up” with the kids, Palmer said. She enjoys her spa time, baths and brushing.

Another Scooters “special needs” dog that Palmer has helped care for is Yogi, a doxie mix that recently had to have a deformed leg amputated. He is a sweet and playful 2-year-old, who still is learning how to manage on three legs. He needs a family that will help him adjust, though he is already chasing balls again.

Palmer is very attached to the dogs, but it is time for her to focus on her own recovery, Cain said.

“She is always putting the animals first and wishes the dogs to go straight to adoption rather than be moved to another foster,” Cain said. “Time is of the essence, and the dogs need to find homes as soon as possible.”

For information on adopting the dogs, call 530-350-2099. Yogi and Puppeth’s profiles and applications can be found at http://scooterspals.org.

Follow Frankie’s journey on Facebook under his previous name at http://facebook.com/Hope4Butch?fref=ts.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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