|Beagle mix was injured when struck by a car|
Photo by Brandon Osgood:
Chester is a beagle mix who is looking for a new home after he was hit by a vehicle in Ferrum this June.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By BRANDON OSGOOD - Special to the News-Post
"This dog is as sweet as can be."
That is the unanimous consensus of the staff at Franklin County Animal Hospital about "Chester," a 1-year-old beagle mix.
Chester, who is currently residing at the animal hospital, is in need of a new home and donations to pay for surgery to repair a puncture wound to his rear spine that he sustained from being struck by a vehicle.
Chester was found in June by a Ferrum resident, who brought the dog to the animal shelter when he found the injury. The shelter took the dog to the animal hospital on June 17.
The hospital staff realized that Chester had been struck by a vehicle. Although his condition was not critical, he was in a lot of pain, according to the veterinary staff.
During surgery, Dr. Eric Krauss and his team repaired the puncture wound in Chester's spine and fixed a diaphragmatic hernia, or a tear in his chest.
Chester did not suffer any complications from the surgery, but he is now being treated for heartworms.
When Chester was brought to the hospital, the staff said he gave them plenty of kisses, like he knew they were trying to help him.
"You just don't usually see that kind of affection in a dog in that condition" one staff member said.
Chester is also friendly with other dogs with no signs of aggression in him.
The shelter is seeking donations to offset the cost of the surgery, as well as someone to adopt Chester. Call the shelter at 540-483-7440.