Two-legged dog rescued in Houston gets another shot at life

A local veterinarian calls it one of the worst cases of animal abuse he's ever seen, but Rainy's story looks like it's going to have a happy ending
October 28, 2013 8:08:59 AM PDT
A local veterinarian calls it one of the worst cases of animal abuse he's ever seen, but the story of a two-legged dog looks like it's going to have a happy ending.

Dr. Michael Huddleston of the Westheimer Animal Clinic in Bellaire says "Rainy" came to him with one leg missing with only bone was sticking out, and another leg had a paw missing.

Huddleston says it's amazing the poodle mix hadn't already bled to death by the time he met her.

He amputated what was left of one leg and was going to fit Rainy with a prosthetic for the missing paw, but she didn't need it.

"She's getting around just fine on two legs, which is amazing," Huddleston said. "She's a real sweet dog, and she is very athletic and strong. And she gets her balance real well."

Huddleston says Rainy still has another surgery and a month of recovery ahead of her, but she should have a bright future. Several families have already volunteered to adopt the dog.

Police, meanwhile, are still investigating the animal abuse case.

Rainy was originally turned in to the BARC city animal shelter October 12 by her owner, along with her siblings, Cyclone and Stormy. BARC immediately notified Houston police of Rainy's condition, and Red Collar Rescue pulled them from the shelter to take on their care.

According to Red Collar Rescue, the owner claimed that Rainy got her back right leg caught in a rope, and they thought it was better until the leg fell off from the knee down. It's unknown how she lost her left front paw.

After she is medically cleared, Red Collar Rescue will send Rainy and her siblings to St. Francis' Angels in Richmond, a medical recovery group that provides care to badly injured dogs.

Click here to donate to Rainy's care.

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