SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Dorchester Paws has taken custody over a 2-year-old German Shepherd mix who was found hanging from a chain link fence by the skin of her hind leg in one Summerville neighborhood.
According to a press release from the animal organization, a neighbor heard the dog’s whines and enlisted help left the injured pup off the fence.
After realizing the extent of her injuries, they immediately rushed the dog – named Ginger – to Veterinary Specialty Care off Montague Avenue.
Ginger’s owners decided to surrender the pup after learning about her life-threatening injuries.
The neighbor who rescued Ginger, Lindsey Shattuck, posted a plea on Facebook for animal lovers to help with the costs to bring the dog back into good health.
Without any medical examination at the time, the suspected cost was around $1,400.
Dorchester Paws heard Lindsey’s plea and has since taken custody of the dog.
They said Ginger’s medical bill has quickly surpassed that initial estimate.
The avulsion wraps around her hind leg to the inside inguinal muscle and is described as “two hands in length.” She has received pain medication, IV fluids, and x-rays.
On Monday, she was sedated to have her wounds clipped and cleaned. They are still unsure when Ginger will be strong enough to undergo the surgery needed to close the wound and her medical bills continue to add up. Right now, they are expected to reach a minimum of $3,500.
For now, Ginger is being monitored by Dr. Robert Pernell of Coastal Carolina Veterinary, who is partnered with Veterinary Specialty Care to be the surgeon.
Dorchester Paws said they do not know the circumstances of Ginger’s past, but Lindsey described her as “the nicest dog who gets along with animals and kids” in the neighborhood.
VSC reports that Ginger is in good spirits.
“Please consider donating towards our Michael’s Healing Heart medical fund to help support Ginger’s medical bills,” said Maddie Moore, Development and Marketing Manager for Dorchester Paws. The shelter would not be able to give Ginger, or other animals like her, a fighting chance without the generosity and support of our community.”
Donations can be made online at dorchesterpaws.org.