Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter is hoping to find a forever home--soon--for a 2-month resident called Kilo. This large mixed-breed dog (a German Shepherd mix) and other is a resilient creature although his 2015 has been filled with trauma.
Aaron Ramsey, Director of the City of Lufkin Animal Services shelter, said Kilo's owner surrendered him to their office, 1901 Hill St., in March 2015.
"She was headed back to Mexico to take care of her terminally-ill mother," Ramsey recalled. "So we took Kilo under our care. And Kilo had an issue with one of his front paws."
So, took Kilo to the Angelina Animal Hospital in Lufkin, where Dr. Lindsay Syler, began treatment on the injured paw.
"They noticed his front right paw was completely crushed, like it had been run over or gotten caught in something," Ramsey recalled. He said Kilo had a large wound on his paw that wouldn't heal. So, the veterinarian's office first amputated a toe Ramsey said. "After a couple of weeks, the wound still wasn't healing up right. In fact it opened back up."
So in order to prevent the infection from spreading through Kilo's body, the doctor amputated Kilo's right front leg.
"We did the surgery on Tuesday morning (May 26th)," said Lori Wearing, a veterinary technician at the animal hospital. "He's doing wonderfully. The recovery from something like this is. Just a couple of weeks of cage rest and then after that, he's good to go."
Just two days after surgery, Kilo could be seen trotting around on his three legs, doing what other four-legged canines normally do.
"He's a really good dog. The prognosis is good," Wearing said.
Seeing Kilo outdoors wagging his tail, sniffing the grounds and doing other dog-like things, his disposition didn't seemed fazed by the loss of a leg.
"It's amazing how well they adapt," Wearing explained. "They just go out there and they're like a normal dog again. He runs. He plays. He enjoys life. He's a good boy."
And Kilo is the type of 3-year-old friend the animal shelter staffers hope to find a good home...soon
"He's a large dog. He would do good with a family that has a big place and some room to run," Ramsey said.
Lastly, since Kilo's first owner was Hispanic, there's a possibility he may also understand commands in Spanish. But Ramsey jokingly said he's not certain how bilingual Kilo's understand is.
For information about adopting Kilo, contact the animal shelter at (936) 633-0266.