REDDING, Conn. -- The Georgetown Veterinary Hospital in Redding is turning to the Internet to raise funds to help pay the medical expenses for Bruno, a Yorkshire terrier mix who was hit by a car recently and survived.
According to a GoFundMe.com page set up for Bruno, the dog brought to the veterinary hospital Feb. 20 by a good Samaritan after he had been hit by car. Bruno suffered serious injuries to his legs and pelvis.
Although Bruno, who is a year-and-half old, was not a patient of Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, they located his owner by scanning his microchip. Due to the extent of Bruno's injuries and the cost to treat him, his elderly owner made the painful decision to euthanize him.
Dr. Stanley Truffini asked the owner whether he would like to release Bruno to Georgetown Veterinary Hospital where he would be stabilized, and transported to Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford for specialized orthopedic surgery.
Bruno has had four surgeries at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford. He also goes to Cornell for frequent bandage changes. According to his doctors, there he is "progressing beautifully; his spirit never wavered."
"Through the kindness of private donors and the help of this website, we are nearing our goal," the GoFundMe.com page said. "It is so heartening to know that compassion for animals is not confined to the veterinary profession but to all who have room in their hearts to love."
Cornell University Veterinary Specialists performed the extensive surgeries at a 50 percent reduction.
"We have received some donation help through R.O.A.R. (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue) as well as Reggies Pet Project," the GoFundMe.com page said. "Dr. and Mrs. Truffini have guarenteed the balance of payment to C.U.V.S., which will still be a substantial sum. We are reaching out to the general public and the kindness of strangers to help bring sweet Bruno to his full recovery."
Georgetown Veterinary Hospital has set up a gofundme.com account to raise the money to pay for Bruno's medical bills. Click here to make a donation.
Bruno "has proven to be a real trooper in dealing with the severity of his injuries with great aplomb," the website said. "Please consider donating toward his recovery expenses so he may enjoy the full, long life that he so deserves."