Special Cases: Putting the pieces together

Published 8:00 am Friday, March 23, 2018

Often, when I speak of the kids I’m helping, it doesn’t end when I say “thanks for listening.”

I’ve had two cases in the past few months that are ongoing, due to unforeseen circumstances.

The first is sweet little Charlotte, the 6-month-old Terrier mix who had a broken rear leg that was allowed to heal without tending. Charlotte was in obvious pain, and carried her rear leg around without it hitting the ground. 


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It was learned that repairing the leg wasn’t possible, so it had to be removed. Charlotte is now pain free and happy. She can scoot around without dragging that leg.

I’ve been monitoring the whole process, and am pleased with the results.  She has recently been spayed and is recouping at a foster home. 

Contact Foothills Humane Society for info — she’ll bring joy to any lucky family.

Next is Louey, a far more intricate situation. 

Louey is a 1.5- to 2-year-old brindle Boxer who has all the wonderful characteristics of this breed.

He was brought to me with a swollen and infected jaw from bite wounds and other bite marks on his face. All the things I was told were not true when I committed my funds to pay or his care.

Phone messages were not responded to, and a registered letter was returned unanswered.  As far as I’m concerned, Louey has been abandoned, and is now totally in my care.

It’s been nearly two months, and Louey’s wounds are completely healed.  He is scheduled to be neutered next week and has received all necessary shots.   

I’ve placed him on the FHS website, and he is now available for adoption, if we can tear him away from his caretakers at Landrum vet.

I’ve titled this article “Putting the pieces together,” but for that to happen, we must first be there to pick up the pieces. 

Now it is up to you to complete the puzzle, and make the lives of these beautiful souls worth living.

Leonard Rizzo, of Columbus, is the founder of the nonprofit Foothills animal support organization Lennie’s Fund, and is the author of “A Voice in the Hills.”