Found (Abandoned) Dog, Logan Square Animal Hospital
On our way out, we walked back up towards the Milwaukee/Logan intersection, and saw that someone had tied a dog to the door of the (closed) Logan Square Animal Hospital.
At first, we were thinking someone just ran inside and left their dog outside. But it slowly dawned on us that someone simply left their dog here, and they weren’t coming back. I tried calling the number of the hospital, but they were already closed for the day. Rather than try the emergency line, we picked up the guy and took him home with us.
We didn’t come up with a name for the dog, but found out it’s a “he.” We set up a little area in the office (food, water, blanket) and he’s been as docile as can be. At first he was pretty wary, but slowly warmed up. After maybe 30 minutes or so, it became clear it was more starved for attention than it was for food and water.
There’s something going on with the dog’s rear left leg. It just sort of hangs there, and my concern is that it’s broken or I’m not sure what. There haven’t been any problems picking him up – no yelps of pain, no hesitation. He favors his hind right leg a lot, and if we pick him up we use that leg as a stabilizer. It seems like the dog is very used to walking with just one hind leg, but I can’t tell if it’s a recent thing or not.
After leaving him in the office (he really has been super quiet and exuding a zen-like calm the entire evening), Liz and I ran out to do some errands. We also picked up some dog food, a flea collar, some shampoo and some treats/toys. We set up the bathroom with towels, and gave the dog a warm (and much needed) bath.
I’m not sure what we’re going to do. It’s 7:15 AM now, and Liz and I talked last night about some options. I don’t know if we’re able to take on a dog, given how hectic and crazy things are right now, before the wedding. On top of that, we’re leaving the country for a good two weeks, soon after the wedding.
I think the dog needs to get checked out by a vet or a shelter, and I’d like to have the leg looked at. We’re talking about taking him to PAWS or some other no-kill shelter. Once Liz gets up, we’ll probably figure out what we’re going to do this AM about getting this guy some medical attention.
Anyone looking to adopt? We’ll be trying to find a good place for this guy.
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