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Dog found badly injured healing after surgery

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Titan the dog is making a titanic recovery.

Found as a stray with multiple injuries and painful broken bones, the one-year-old Rottweiler cross is now recovering from surgery performed last Friday at the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Aptly named Titan by WHS staff, the dog had been brought by the city's animal services to the on-site veterinary clinic at the WHS with extensive injuries on his right side.

The injuries were so old some had begun to heal improperly.

On his back right leg, Titan had a fracture in his pelvis at the hip joint and a fractured femur. His front right leg had a hyperextended wrist and a tendon injury.

Dr. Erika Anseeuw said Titan had likely been hit by a vehicle and was in severe pain.

"Animal services brought him to us because he couldn't stand on his back end," said Anseeuw, the WHS director of animal health. "I'm not sure if somebody owned him but didn't take him to the vet. Nobody ever came looking for him."

Anseeuw performed the surgery that fused the wrist joint at a normal walking angle and he'll be in a cast for six to eight weeks.

Anseeuw said there is no sinking Titan's sunny disposition.

"He's got a wonderful spirit, this dog, and he's on his path to mending," she said. "Because of the injuries that he had and only two good legs, we were concerned that we weren't going to be able to restore him to a pain-free existence so we actually considered euthanizing him. But he was in such good spirits, despite all these injuries, we could see that he had already decided that he wanted to try. So we were going to help him in any way we could."

Prior to his surgery, Titan had been living with a foster family. He had a splint on his right front leg for support while his back leg healed. Once it healed enough that it could bear weight, the surgery on his right leg was done.

Titan has at least one more surgery ahead of him to take the metal plate that is assisting the joint fusion out of his right front leg. If he is still in pain, his rear hip joint may need surgery. It will be several months before Titan can be adopted.

"I am flabbergasted at what these animals go through prior to getting veterinary care, the amount of pain he would have been in, and he's still a nice dog," Anseeuw said.

Titan has received about $1,200 worth of medical care so far, which was made possible by donations from the public to the WHS, a registered charity and non-profit organization.

There are still bills to be paid -- for Titan and other injured animals. If you want to help, go to www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca or call 204-982-2021.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2013 B3

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