A Bullet Wound Fractured Pit Bull’s Leg | Posted on Mlive

JACKSON, MI – When Sugar, a 1-year-old pit bull, was dropped off at the Jackson County Animal Shelter on Jan. 27 by Jackson police, employees noticed a bullet wound near her pelvis.

The wound was clean and the dog had been walking normally so the county veterinarian assumed the dog was doing just fine.

Jackson Cat Project

The Jackson Cat Project was formed with the mission of educating the residents of Jackson County on the impact of spaying and neutering cats on the cat population.

”We are so excited to work with the Jackson County Animal Shelter, the Cascades Humane Society, veterinary professionals, and community members who are advocates for the cats and kittens in Jackson County. I believe that the veterinarians in Jackson County see a need for effective population control in cats, and we promote sterilization as one of the solutions.” – Dr. Owings

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Dr. Halsey is a Jackson native; she graduated from Jackson High School and University of Michigan and went on to graduate from veterinary college at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her education abroad was a wonderful experience, and she loved living in the U.K. for four years. Dr. Halsey has two special cats in her life, Tucker and Dylan.

Dr. Halsey has worked in Clinton Township for the past two years. She has been working in a small animal and exotic practice, and she has a special interest in small mammal and exotic medicine and surgery. Dr. Halsey completed exotic animal internships at the Detroit Zoo and Sea Life Park in Hawaii; she is excited to be joining the Kibby Park Animal Hospital team and we are thrilled to have her become a member of our fun-loving and friendly staff.

Pit Bull with Bullet Lodged in Femur is Recovering from Surgery | Posted on MLive

JACKSON, MI – The 1-year-old pit bull that had a bullet lodged in her femur is recovering from a successful surgery at the Kibby Park Animal Hospital.

Melissa Owings, veterinarian at the Kibby Park Animal Hospital, said Sugar is ready to be adopted “as soon as possible.”

Originally, she was going to be sent to a foster home to recover but Owings said the recovery time will offer a unique bonding experience for her new owner.

“We are seeking a forever home rather than a foster home. She is such a nice dog and does really well in her crate,” Owings said.

When she was dropped off at the Jackson County Animal Shelter on Jan. 27 by Jackson police, employees noticed a bullet wound near her pelvis.

The wound was clean and the dog had been walking normally, so the county veterinarian assumed the dog was doing fine.

But, when a volunteer walked her Feb. 2, the dog collapsed and let out a cry — her femur bone broke into two.

Sugar will be “severely restricted” for the next three months as she recovers. The surgery took a little over two hours.

“A titanium bone plate was placed on her femur to hold the fracture together and that will stay in for a long time, if not indefinitely,” Owings said.

The surgery took place at Kibby Park Animal Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and was performed by Dr. John Gumbs, an orthopedic veterinary surgeon based out of Plymouth.

“He reduced the cost by about 60 percent,” Owings said.

Without the discount, the surgery would have cost $3,000. Steve Hall, director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, said the community donated about $1,200 to cover the cost of the surgery.

He said her adoption fee is $150 — $120 is for the adoption, $20 for a microchip and $10 to have Sugar licensed.

Sugar will be staying at the Kibby hospital until she is adopted. Owings said she is on pain medication and resting. She has a 12-inch scar.

Because Sugar is a pit bull, the animal shelter cannot directly adopt her out. She will have to be adopted through a rescue group co-founded by the shelter’s veterinarian, Cathy Anderson.

The rescue group, Paws Pet Rescue, offers a chance for pit bulls to find homes.

“As a way to get them adopted out, they (animal shelter) will transfer them to our rescue and we will adopt them out that way,” said Sandy Clark, one of the co-founders for Paws Pet Rescue. She will perform a behavior assessment on Sugar before she is adopted out.

How to Adopt
To adopt Sugar call the Kibby Park Animal Hospital at (517) 787-5807 or email Pixieanimalrescue@gmail.com.