Newport News - It has been a long four months for London.
In July, the hound mix was abandoned outside of the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter with a severely broken leg. Newport News Police Detective Jamie Huling just happened to be near the shelter at the exact time London was left.
"I don't know what put me there at this particular moment. I don't know why our paths crossed, but we thought maybe our purpose was to keep her from being put down," said Huling.
That is exactly what he and his family did. The Hulings agreed to take London and foster her until her leg healed. After surgery and a month of physical therapy, the leg won't heal.
"We got the news about her leg. Doc said that no way it was going to heal correctly. In fact, it could become dangerous for her."
The Hulings have decided to take action and do the only thing that will give London a full life--removing her leg. But instead of looking at the amputation as a bad thing, the Hulings have a different perspective.
"We are emotionally attached to the leg, but London is not and for her sake, the leg being removed is going to give her better mobility."
Though London may be losing her leg, she is gaining a forever home.
"We just can't live without her. It's not that we don't trust the shelter or that she couldn't find another home, she just made us happy."
London's surgery is scheduled for Monday. Doctors say it should take a week for her to recover, then London will be back on her three paws with her family.
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