Two surgeries later, a small dog named Butch, who had been tied to a tree, beaten and shot in the face, is on the road to recovery.
Butch — who has been re-named Frankie by his foster mom — was found by a group of campers Sept. 14 near Foresthill.
In addition to the beating, 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 rescued dog was taken to a vet in the Bay Area and was traced to Scooter’s Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue organization that had micro-chipped Butch about six months ago before adopting him out.
The newly renamed Frankie has had two surgeries and has had some infection in his jaw bone cleaned out. A CT scan has been done to assess the extent of his injuries, and his broken paw has been splinted. Frankie will head to UC Davis this week for assessment with facial reconstruction possibly to take place in two weeks, according to Scooter’s Pals founder Susan Wallace.
A special fund has been set up for Frankie’s needs. The cost of his first surgery, $3,000, has been nearly covered, but the estimate for the reconstruction of his jaw is an additional $2,000.
Donors are encouraged to send any amount they can to Scooter’s Pals, PO Box 1687, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924, or go to ScootersPals.org and use any of the payment options.
The man who had adopted the dog six months earlier had called Scooter’s Pals prior to the group learning the dog had been rescued, saying he had euthanized the dog, Wallace said. The information has been turned over to Placer County Animal Control for further investigation.
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