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.