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Local animal shelter reaches donation goal to pay for injured dogs’ surgeries

Posted at 2:28 PM, Mar 08, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A local animal shelter was able to raise enough money to pay for two injured dogs’ surgeries that are in their care.

News 3 was told that both dogs, Manchester and Raven, who were brought to the Portsmouth Humane Society about a month ago, must have costly surgeries.

After bringing awareness to the dogs’ timely needs, the organization was able to raise a total price of $2,400 in order to give the dogs the care and surgeries they need!

The Portsmouth Humane Society released this statement on Saturday:

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our effort to mend the bones of Raven and Manchester. We have reached our goal of $2,400! Thank you to everyone who donated. We are so grateful for your support! Also, thank you to WTKR News 3 for doing a story on these wonderful pups.

10-year-old Manchester spent Friday playing with staff at the Portsmouth Humane Society.

“He really is so happy and sweet,” shelter manager Zach Flota told News 3’s Brian Hill.

However, when it came time for him to eat Flota said, “You can tell that it’s difficult for him to eat. We give him wet food which is a little bit easier so he doesn’t have to chew as much.”

“His jaw is fractured in two different places, so it’s essentially he has a fragment of his jaw floating in place, which you can imagine is probably a little painful,” Flota explained.

X-rays provided to News 3 showed the impact of the dog’s injury.

“A lot of times we do see animals that have probably been hit by cars,” Flota said.

The same likely happened to 1-year-old Raven, who has been at the shelter for about two weeks. Flota said she has a broken pelvis.

“She is on cage rest. We take her out for potty breaks, but she cannot have an strenuous activity or exercise,” Flota mentioned.

Related: Portsmouth business helps animal shelter on Giving Tuesday

“We so have an emergency care fund that’s also donor-based. However, we – it’s kind of early in the year and I anticipate we will have other donor, other emergency funds throughout the year. So, when we get something like this with a larger vet bill attached to it, we definitely need the help supplementing that fund.”

After surgery, the dogs will need foster homes where they can recover.

Click here to find out more about this effort.