PHOENIX – A puppy that was thrown from a car in west Phoenix is ready to find a forever home.
Timmy will be available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League starting Friday at 11:30 a.m.
The little black-and-white Labrador retriever mix was taken to the no-kill animal shelter last month after someone saw it being thrown from a vehicle near an apartment complex. The dog was crying and limping.
A veterinarian found that the dog had fractures in a front paw and was beyond repair so the leg had to be amputated.
Dr. Claudia Channing, the chief veterinarian at AAWL, 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.
Just a few days after the surgery, Timmy is as playful as ever.
"Dogs who have three legs do marvelous," said Patti Dubois with AAWL. "They recoup very easy and make the adjustment well, which he as done."
The puppy is approximately 11 weeks old.
The shelter has received numerous calls about Timmy's condition, but no one had signed up to adopt him as of Thursday night.
"All we want him to do is find a great home so the rest of his life is a whole lot better than the first part," Dubois said.
Timmy will need some physical therapy to build strength in his remaining front leg, and the new owners will need to keep an eye on his sutures.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is located at 25 N. 40th St. in Phoenix.
Puppy thrown from car in Phoenix faces leg amputation