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Dumped At Shelter, Puppy With Deformed Paw Needs Your Help

An adorable white puppy was dumped at a shelter in San Bernardino, California just because she was born different.

Image source: Love Leo Rescue / Instagram
Image source: Love Leo Rescue / Instagram

The sweet puppy, now named Clementine, has a deformed paw. Usually dogs like this do not make it out of a shelter, but lucky for Clementine Love Leo Rescue, a small Los Angeles based rescue, came to her aid as soon as they heard her story.

“She’s very brave,” says Sasha Abelson, president and founder of Love Leo Rescue. “Clementine was dumped by her owners just when she needed them most. You can see the fear in her eyes, but she doesn’t hold a grudge. Despite her rough start, she’s an incredibly sweet and loving little puppy.” They took her to Dr. Olds at the VCA Brentwood Animal Hospital who performed surgery on her paw to fix it. She will not lose her paw. “Our orthopedic specialist said he would NOT amputate,” the rescue said on their Facebook page. “He has performed this surgery several times. They straighten the leg – put a pin in it and let it fuse in the correct position. Pin will come out in 8 weeks – she will be spayed and the extra toe will be amputated.” She came out of surgery fine and is now recovering well.

#rockstar!⭐️⭐️⭐️This little sweetheart got through her complicated orthopedic surgery and is still wagging her tail and…

Posted by Love Leo Rescue on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How YOU Can Help

As you all know, surgeries like this are expensive and Clementine still has one more to go. Love Leo Rescue is asking for donations to help cover the cost of her recovery. You can donate the following ways:

  • Paypal: loveleorescue@gmail.com
  • Venmo: @loveleorescue
  • Direct to vet: call 310.473.0957 (c/o Clementinte-Sasha)
  • Checks: email loveleorescue@gmail.com for mailing address

Good morning.

Posted by Love Leo Rescue on Thursday, December 3, 2015

Clementine will be up for adoption after her second surgery, once she has fully recuperated. On their Facebook page, the rescue says: “She has a foster and an application that came in for her this morning. She needs 8 weeks of recovery so she will need to stay local until the pin comes out of her leg and she is spayed.” Contact them to find out if they are still taking applications.

Here’s to a speedy recovery little Clementine – we are all pulling for you!

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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