SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV)-A dog rescued by the East Texas SPCA Wednesday is now in a veterinarian's care but still has a long road to full recovery.
The dog's leg is injured and doctors have two options-- amputation, or surgery to try and fix it. However, both are expensive and he will need financial help either way.
The dog, Harley, is now under the care of Dr. David Post at Alexis Animal clinic. Post said, Harley, the retriever mix, is under-weight and parasites have made him anemic. But the worst part is an untreated injury on his leg.
"His foot is very infected. That may be the deciding factor of whether we can do anything to save the leg or not, but we're working to try to get the infections under control," Post said.
It's a decision Dr. David Post said they need to make fast, but it's also a decision that's hard to make without money.
"The SPCA is desperate for funds to take care of a lot of animals, not just Harley, so trying to get some money for him is going to be a challenge," Post said.
Dr. Post said one option, amputation, would cost around $1,000. The other option, surgery to try and save the leg, could cost up to $5,000.
"We need funding as quickly as possible. We're going to have to make a decision here in the next couple of days so whatever we're going to do we're probably going to do next week," Post said.
And despite it all, Danika Maher who has been with Harley the last few days says he's a gentle and loving dog.
"Even though he hasn't had a whole lot of human contact, he hasn't had a lot of love or anything, he's obviously been severely neglected, he's just the sweetest little dog, she said. Maher said Harley has shown no signs of aggression and really just wants attention.
For now, Harley will continue recovering at Alexis Animal Clinic, waiting for donations that could help save his leg.
Donations for Harley can be made to the SPCA of East Texas and should be labeled, "Harley's Healing". All donations are tax deductible.