By Alex Bridges
WINCHESTER -- Bud's energy hides the fact that he has lived a rough life.
The 1-year-old terrier mix suffered a broken leg before his owner gave the dog over to local police who then took the animal to the Winchester Society for the Protection of Animals for treatment.
SPCA Director of Client Care Margo Bach said the dog had a broken leg caused by a chain leash that had wrapped around the limb. Weeks after his treatment and recovery, Bud appeared as energetic as many young dogs.
"He's awesome," Bach said.
On a recent afternoon, Bud ran around the SPCA yard, often standing on his hind legs to reach Angie Meray, kennels supervisor at the shelter. Only occasionally did Bud shake when he put weight on his front left leg.
"He's getting around pretty good for the situation that he went through," Bach said.
Animal Control Officer Nancy Mellot of the Winchester Police Department brought Bud to the SPCA last month. Bach said the owner could not afford to provide medical care for the dog and signed Bud over to Mellot. Someone had bandaged the leg with popsicle sticks, duct tape and bandage tape, according to information from the SPCA. The injury had likely happened some time before the owner gave the dog over to Mellot. The owner could not afford to have the fracture properly set, Bach said.
The bandage had bite marks from self-mutilation and a foul odor. Bud also smelled like smoke and was covered in fleas. SPCA workers removed the bandage and discovered Bud's left front leg was broken. The fracture caused Bud a lot of pain and discomfort.
The SPCA had Bud treated for his injuries and in recent weeks put him through physical therapy. Each day Bud goes through about 10 minutes of therapy. Bach said Bud is recovering but the process will still take some time.
SPCA workers also picked Bud as one of the animals they occasionally take to area nursing homes and assisted living centers.
Bud appears to get along with other dogs, Bach said.
"I'd say he's playful," Bach said. "He loves to be around people."
"He's a very lovable boy," Meray added. "He's very curious."
"He's definitely a terrier, that's for sure -- just his running around and trying to jump in your lap," Bach said.
Bud needs more physical therapy but is available for adoption at any time. The SPCA offers a complimentary visit to a veterinarian for each adoption. Bach said Bud should be fine when the leg has fully healed. If adopted before that time, the new owner would need to continue Bud's therapy until his leg heals.
Anyone interested in adopting Bud can contact the shelter at 540-662-8616.
Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or firstname.lastname@example.org