BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A three-legged dog has stolen the hearts of many people on Facebook.
Cookie's leg was amputated after someone shot her.
She has other health problems, but she's not letting that keep her spirits down.
Cookie is a small dog, but once you hear her story, you see her strength is more than meets the eye.
Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society's Director Beth Eck said, “You can tell from her that she had a real fighting spirit. And that's another thing too. If she's willing to fight, we are willing to fight for her as well.”
And that fight to recovery began a few weeks ago at a Walmart parking lot, where one woman found Cookie limping and in pain.
She took the dog to the Humane Society, where they determined Cookie had been shot in her front leg.
Eck said, “Well, when you have an injury that you can tell is going to be financially scary, you have to make that decision. What are we going to do?”
With limited funds available to pay for amputation, the shelter went to Facebook.
“We just made the decision that we would try to rally for her some donations. It was probably in the first few hours we already had commitments,” said Eck.
One donor in particular decided she would pay for the surgery and is even fostering the dog while she recovers. Something Eck believes may turn into more than just a foster relationship.
Eck explained, “A foster failure, and I'm one myself, is someone who takes an animal in who's only supposed to be temporary. And they fall in love, and they're like 'Nope. This is my new family member.'”
Cookie has a few more weeks to recover from her surgery.
Then she will be treated for heart worms.
But Eck said adopting this dog will be worth the wait.
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