By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On a cold weekend morning in Oklahoma City, a badly injured terrier mix was abandoned at the Oklahoma City Animal shelter. He was found lying in the lobby of the shelter with no tags or indication of where he came from.
Nicknamed “Lucky” the little five month old mix pup is in desperate need of a loving foster home.
In a media advisory, Julie Bank, Superintendent of OKC Animal Welfare spread the word that little Lucky has chain markings around his neck and that his legs are badly deformed.
“His injuries are consistent with those of a pet who spent most of his life on a chain that was so short he was unable to move. He needs surgery and foster care to live a normal life,” the alert stated.
Banks says that Lucky is very loving and trusting of people even after being abused.
“It’s sad to come to the shelter on a cold morning to find a scared, injured dog, abandoned at our building,” Banks said. “Our goal is to get him the medical care he needs and to keep him safe.”
Lucky is in need of a foster parent who can care for him while he recovers from what could be several extensive surgeries. Banks says a quiet and calm atmosphere would be best.
Anyone who has information about Lucky is encouraged to contact the shelter at 405-297-3100 so they can continue their investigation.
Because there is no national reporting requirement for animal abuse, there is no way to track the actual number of abandoned animals each year.
However, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 6-8 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. This number includes animals abandoned on the street (found animals) and animals seized after private abandonment in homes or apartments.
Shelter staff is looking for donations to their Angel Fund to help with Lucky’s treatment and surgery costs.
Donations to the Angel Fund go directly to pay for the cost of above and beyond medical care for animals like Lucky.
Anyone interested in giving a donation or becoming a foster parent can contact the shelter by visiting the web site at www.okc.gov/animalwelfare. Donations are deductable and can be made on-line in Lucky’s name.
The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division is responsible for promoting public health and safety, for temporarily sheltering and providing humane disposition of unwanted or lost animals, and for promoting animal welfare so that pet ownership is a pleasure for owners without becoming a burden to the community.
Located at SE 29 and S Bryant Ave., the OKC Shelter is open for adoptions from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day but holidays.
For more information, call 405-297-3100. Update from the OKC Animal Shelter 2-25-15: Lucky is resting at a foster home waiting for surgery in one or both legs. He is a very happy and loving boy. The veterinarians feel that with time and physical therapy he will recover nicely.