Pit Bull Survives Toss from Fourth-Floor Window
"She had a fractured left front leg and fractured right rear leg as well as internal and head injuries," Kerry Driscoll, manager at the DeWitt Animal Hospital where the dog is being cared for, tells PEOPLEPets.com. "And despite the fall, she is very sweet and upbeat."
In the few days that followed, Peggy's shocking story and plucky personality have touched the hearts of many in the Syracuse community. Though her internal and head injuries, and front leg fracture are expected to heal, her back leg was in dire need of surgery -- expensive surgery. So locals who heard of her plight footed the $3,000 bill to repair it on Wednesday, and donated $2,000 more for her care.
"We are very grateful," another hospital staffer tells PEOPLEPets.com. The hospital "was able to save Peggy's leg by inserting pins, and we have just learned that we expect her to heal fully."
The resilient dog, who was renamed Peggy by hospital staffers, will remain there for the foreseeable future, as she is a part of an ongoing case. According to The Post Standard, Peggy (above, with veterinary assistant Cory Smith) is the pet of Coleman's girlfriend.
Coleman, 20, was arrested on felony animal cruelty charges and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center on $10,000 bond, a rep from the jail's transport division confirms to PEOPLEPets.com. He had his preliminary hearing Wednesday morning and the judge ordered a mental health exam to be completed by Jan. 6, 2011.
Even with all the surgery, poking and prodding, the pit bull has remained a stellar patient – one that the staff at DeWitt continues to marvel over.
"Peggy has been a real trouper through all of this," Driscoll adds, "and we will wait for the court to decide if and when she can be adopted."
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