A 5-month-old puppy is in need of reconstructive surgery after he was found bleeding on the side of the road over the weekend.
The puppy, a tan-colored lab mix, was found Saturday after he was hit by a car at 174 NW 2nd Avenue in Florida City. Officials said the puppy, which they named Ken, dragged himself from the middle of the road onto a nearby grassy area using only his two front legs because the back two were injured.
A passerby saw Ken and called Miami-Dade Animal Services just before 6 p.m. on Saturday. Animal Services and Miami-Dade Police arrived at the scene to investigate and to treat the puppy.
Officials took Ken to an emergency clinic where veterinarians gave him pain medication and emergency treatment. He was hospitalized until Monday morning when he was taken to Pou Veterinary Group in Kendall.
Preliminary exams show Ken did not have internal injuries, but he will need reconstructive surgery for his two back legs, one of which was shattered by the crash.
Non-profit organization No Paw Left Behind is asking for donations to pay for Ken's emergency care and surgery costs, which total at least $5,300. Ken will also need follow up and recovery care.
Ken will be in the hospital for the rest of the week and will be ready to go to a foster home by the weekend. To find out how to donate, or how to foster or adopt Ken, visit NoPawLeftBehind.org.