PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a puppy with two broken legs was dropped off at an animal shelter in Pittsburgh.
According to shelter officials, the 11-week-old Yorkshire Terrier was found in the vestibule of the Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society’s North Side location on Tuesday.
“It was just lying there semi-unconscious,” said Dan Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of the ARL/WPHS. “A customer coming in to use our clinic saw it there, laying, and saw the car speeding off.”
Officials at the shelter rushed the puppy to the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center.
It was determined that the puppy had two broken legs and a slow heart rate. The slow heart rate was later attributed to sedation prior to be abandoned at the shelter.
“We are figuring out that she probably went to another vet or an animal hospital, was evaluated, and was told this was going to be an expensive situation and that’s why they abandoned her with us,” said Rossi.
The puppy, Laney, had surgery on Wednesday afternoon.
She’ll have two little casts on her legs. Her care is expected to run about $3,000. She’s expected to be okay, but will have to have some physical therapy.
“Obviously, we know there must be some vet hospital or vet out there that’s seen this dog, so we’re asking them, if they did treat this dog, if they can contact us to help us identify the person that abandoned the dog,” Rossi said.
Surveillance video of the drop off has been turned over to police who are investigating.
“We’re not sure how to handle this situation. Obviously, it’s not a good thing just to abandon the dog,” Rossi said. “I guess the good thing is they dropped the animal off at our place and didn’t throw it in the river or away. So they tried to make sure it got care.”
Anyone with information can contact ARL/WPHS at (412)-321-4625 extension 317.