SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. -- A puppy thrown from an overpass has a new foster family.
Trinity, a 7-month-old puppy, is heading home with her new family after she left the Animal Care Clinic in South Elgin Wednesday evening, one week after arriving with three broken legs.
We first told you her story then, a dog left for dead below an overpass near the Illinois-Kentucky border. K9 Enrichment of Plainfield brought her to veterinarian Dr. Adam Conroy, who fixed her up for free.
Gunnar's Wheels Foundation donated a cart to help her get around until she can use her legs again. A GoFundMe page has also raised almost $19,000 for her care.
Trinity had three broken legs when she was found Sunday afternoon on I-24 in Eddyville, Ky., near the Illinois border.
“The gentleman said she was lying flat right in the middle of the road at the overpass he had said someone must have thrown her over the overpass for her to land where she did,” Cynthia Guzman, with the K9 Enrichment Initiative, said.
“You can imagine you land on all fours . . . the bones can only take so much. Hit by a car, I would expect more contusions and abrasions,” Dr. Conroy said.
A good Samaritan pulled over, picked Trinity up, and took her home. A few phone calls later, a rescue group out of Plainfield, Ill., took the puppy and started looking for help.
“I spoke to probably a dozen different vets and got the same answer that, well, it will be $10-$12,000 to fix the legs,” Guzman said.
Dr. Conroy's office was contacted and he decided to take on the case for free.
"The reality is 90% of people would probably see the financial burden and probably just put them down and in some cases that may be just. This is going to be a lot of work on our hands but to give this dog a fighting chance and take the financial burden out of it this is why we want to do it,” Dr. Conroy said.
On Wednesday, Dr. Conroy operated on two of Trinity’s legs and on Thursday he'll repair the third.
“It makes me sick. These are the people I wish they would find the person, I doubt it's going to happen. I can't control that. I can control where we're at now. I can fix this, make it better and then I picture this guy running around four months from now and those post-op videos will be great,” he said.
It will be a long road ahead for Trinity. The K-9 Enrichment Initiative out of Plainfield has a GoFundMe page to raise money for her care.
Anyone interested in adopting Trinity should email the K9 Enrichment Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit k9ei.dog.