Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Agency Aiding Wounded Dog Back to Health

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Agency Aiding Wounded Dog Back to Health

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Buster was in bad shape but wagged his tail anyway. He was hit by a car, causing a broken pelvis, broken leg, dislocated hip and lacerations. His owner, fearful that he wouldn't live, took the 30-pound beagle to First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The nonprofit's Angel Fund is paying for a large portion of his treatment. The fund, which is donor supported, provides vet care for owners who cannot afford it and for homeless animals.

"This is an area where funds get depleted quickly but are so desperately needed," Nicole Brose, the group's development director, said in a news release. "We firmly believe that no dog or cat should suffer or go without care for financial reasons."

Staff became very attached to the canine who would wag his tail when anyone walked by his kennel and craved attention. Buster had two surgeries to repair his wounds but will undergo many more in coming weeks. Best of all, however, Buster just went home, though he will return for further treatment, said Meredith Tekin, marketing and events manager for the nonprofit.

"He was pretty banged up, but he's a tough little guy," Tekin said.

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