At a rest stop off I4 near Davenport on Sunday, April 30th, a woman witnessed a dog being dumped out of a car. The car sped away leaving her limping behind. On her way back home to Tampa after a day in Orlando, the Good Samaritan didn’t know what she’d do with her, but could not bear to leave the dog. As she approached, Ruby began to wag her tail and licked her rescuer’s hand gently. When the car door was opened to her, Ruby placed her front paw on the seat and looked up at the woman as if to say, “I really want to come with you, but I can’t jump in right now. My leg hurts.” The dog’s back leg was terribly swollen and had open wounds that needed attention. The kind woman helped Ruby into the car, took her home for some food and water, then drove her to our shelter so that she could get the medical care she needed.

Ruby is now resting comfortably with us and is receiving medication for pain. She has a badly fractured leg that is swollen from infection because it is likely not a new injury. Who knows how long she’s been suffering. The special surgeries veterinary team at our animal hospital will perform surgery on Ruby this afternoon (May 2, time TBA) to fix the fracture. Once Ruby is recovered, she will be placed up for adoption.

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