Dog with rotten, broken leg recovering after amputation
GREENE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A dog that was found at a Paragould home with a rotten, broken leg is now recovering after having the leg amputated.
On Tuesday, Dec. 14, someone reported a dog to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, whose leg had a smell that was considered “horrid” by volunteers at the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society.
According to court documents, the dog lived at the home of 53-year-old Anthony Coffel on County Road 620 in Paragould.
When deputies arrived at the home, Lt. Ashley Worcester reported they found the dog suffering from a broken leg with multiple bones exposed.
The dog also had a zip tie attached to the top of his leg, restricting circulation to the limb and causing it to swell greatly, she said.
“Upon further investigation of the animal’s injuries, it appeared that the leg was starting to rot and appeared infected,” Worcester stated in the affidavit.
Deputies met volunteers with NEAHS at the county line who then took the dog to Animal Medical Center in Jonesboro to have the leg amputated.
“It is not clear if he will live or have to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries,” Worcester stated in the affidavit.
On Friday, Dec. 17, Greene County District Judge Daniel Stidham found probable cause existed to charge Anthony Coffel with felony animal cruelty and ordered him not to possess or have any contact with any pets or animals.
Coffel is currently free on a $10,000 bond.
Dr. Heather Curry with Animal Medical Center told the NEA Humane Society that the dog’s surgery went well. However, he is still not out of the woods.
“The vets said he was one of the worst, if not the worst, they had ever seen,” the humane society posted.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 21, the dog is still at the vet and learning how to walk again with three legs.
The charity expects the dog, which they have named “Rudolph”, to have “extensive medical bills.”
To make a donation, visit www.neahs.org or the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society’s Facebook page. Donations can also be mailed or made in person at:
6111 E. Highland Dr.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
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