A South Florida woman said she was able to successfully raise funds to help save a dog that was hit by a car on Saturday, thanks to NBC 6 viewers.
Cheryl Linton-Robinson said she found the black lab mix on the side of the road. She drove the dog to St. Francis Animal Hospital in Hollywood, where X-rays revealed a badly-crushed pelvis. The dog has no microchip and Robinson has been unable to locate the dog's owners. The hospital confirmed the dog is currently in their care.
Robinson said the dog requires emergency surgery by a bone specialist and costs are estimated to be around $4,000. Thanks to our NBC 6 viewers, donations poured in to the tune of $5,620.00. Robinson said that if the cost of surgery is less than the donations that she will donate the remaining proceeds to help pay for any other emergency animal surgeries.
In her original post on the donation page, Robinson wrote, "They can only keep him 24 hours so time is of the essence... Please help us get the word out, or this dog will be put to sleep by 8 p.m. tonight."
But since NBC 6 posted the story, Robinson said the hospital reached out to her to clarify that they never would have put the dog to sleep.
On the donation page, Robinson wrote, "Thank you everyone! Just received a call from St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital. They will not euthanize this dog."
She continued, defending the hospital: "St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital is a 24 hour pet hospital. I've taken my own pets there on occasion. They have a dedicated staff of animal lovers. When I pulled up yesterday, they gingerly lifted this dog out of my back seat and took such good care of him."
The dog is currently in critical but stable condition. He is on pain medication as the veterinarian ensures the dog is stable and able to survive a long procedure.
To donate to the dog's gofundme page, click here.