PHOENIX – A puppy that was thrown from a car is being cared for at a Valley no-kill animal shelter.
The little black-and-white puppy was taken to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) Wednesday after someone saw it being thrown from a vehicle near a west Phoenix apartment complex. They said it was crying and limping.
The approximately 9-week-old puppy was checked by a veterinarian, who found that he had fractures in his front paw. The dog now wears a cast on his left front leg.
However, the puppy, now named Timmy after U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard, will have to have the leg amputated, according to Dr. Claudia Channing, the chief veterinarian at AAWL.
Channing doesn't think the throw is what caused the fractures. Instead, she thinks the puppy had some sort of "crushing" injury and then he was tossed, possibly because the owner couldn't afford to treat the injury.
"AAWL does whatever it takes to help the animals that we rescue, or that are brought to us," said Judith Gardner, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization. "Because this requires resources that are over and above our annual budget, we created the 'Medical Miracle Fund' to help pay for some of the extraordinary medical expenses for animals in need of specialized surgeries or treatments."
Gardner said donations to the fund go directly toward medical expenses for homeless animals. None of the donations are used for administrative or overhead costs.
This was the second reported incident involving a thrown puppy in Arizona this month. A Cornville man faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly throwing a puppy out the window of a moving truck on June 11. That dog, now named Hope, was treated at an emergency veterinary clinic and is recovering at a new home.
The organization hopes Timmy's story is a reminder that pets are not disposable. AAWL wants the public to know that if they have dogs or cats that they cannot keep, they can safely surrender the animals to the shelter.
Owner surrenders are by appointment and the pets must pass basic health and behavior evaluations. For more information on owner surrenders, visit www.aawl.org or call 602-273-6852.
To donate to the Medical Miracle Fund, go to https://donate.aawl.org.
Timmy should be available for adoption in about two weeks.