Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dog fell from roof survives, awaits surgery

Animal shelter employees are collecting funds for a pitbull puppy who fell from a roof in Allentown and will need need extensive surgeries.

The male pitbull broke his front paws and legs in the 30 foot fall, but Lehigh County Humane Society personnel say he's a very happy, friendly dog despite having full casts on his front legs and wearing a cone around his neck.

While shelter officials at first thought the dog had been tossed from the roof, Allentown police said the dog jumped.

According to an Allentown police report, officer Robert Leuthardt was at Law and Court streets at 8:36 p.m. on May 4 and witnessed the dog jump off a roof. Luethardt went up the roof to see if anyone was up there and found no one. The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital in Quakertown. The police report does not say how high the roof was, according to Captain Daryl Hendricks.

Shelter manager Lovette Krueger said the society is accepting donations to either increase the reward or contribute toward expensive surgeries the puppy needs.

The male pitbull, which is estimated to be 8 to 10 months old and was given the name Wally by the staff, is a tail-wagging, upbeat delight, technician Sam Cuomo said.

"When I saw the casts I was so heartbroken I made a donation that day," Cuomo said. "I felt so bad for him and he's so cute. He's so lovable. All he wants to do is jump around and do everything a puppy does, but he's limited right now."

The leg casts, applied with pink accents, are temporary. Wally must have two more surgeries, including having pins placed in his legs.

"Pitbulls get such a bad name," Cuomo said. "Then you get a dog like this who loves people. The is the opposite of what the pitbull's reputation is." Although the humane society is receiving offers from potential foster parents, Cuomo said the dog will remain in the care of the society until after its surgeries.

Donations to the Wally Fund may be designated as a contribution toward the reward or to the surgeries, estimated to be several thousand dollars, by sending checks or money orders to the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St., Allentown, PA 18103, or making an on-line contribution through the society's website at www.lehighhumane.org.

The Morning Call

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