Firefighters in San Diego had to cut the wrought iron rails to free him.
“How in the world the dog got his head and shoulders through a 4-inch gap we’ll never know,” Dan DeSousa of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, said of the Monday incident.
According to NBC 7 in San Diego, Cooper has separation anxiety and doesn’t like to be far from his owner. He’s reported to be doing fine.
(Photo: San Diego County Animal Services)
Posted by jwoestendiek October 17th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A Great Dane named Cooper — stepped on by his mother as a puppy — has gotten rid of his limp, thanks to a procedure that, in effect, stretched his bones.
Cooper was only 11 weeks old, and unwanted by the breeders who produced him, when Sally Stoffel adopted him through a rescue organization in Boulder.
She took him to Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where small animal orthopedic surgeon Ross Palmer came up with a plan to repair the dog’s badly damaged right rear leg.
Palmer straightened and lengthened Cooper’s tibia using an orthopedic device not available in the U.S., and generally only used on humans.
The device, loaned to Palmer by an Italian colleague, permitted him to correct the deformity, then gradually stretch the bone as it healed, allowing it to catch up with the growing dog’s other limbs.
The device had to be adjusted daily, and Cooper spent months recovering.
The results were unveiled Monday, when the 130-pound dog bounded into an exam room at the university.
“For this to be successful, you certainly have to have the right technique,” Palmer told the Denver Post. “But you also have to have the right owner and the right dog. And in this case, we did.”
Stoffel said Cooper spent a month laying on his blanket, but when the treatment was finished, his tibia had grown about three inches as a result of corrective surgery and use of the device.
Cooper, now nearly 11 months old, appears to be healing well, and is walking normally on all four feet. Because he’s still growing, he might eventually require a prosthetic device or a second bone-lengthening procedure, Palmer said.
The treatment required 11 visits to the CSU vet hospital, and Stoffel estimated that she has spent about $7,000.
(Photo by V. Richard Haro / Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Posted by jwoestendiek September 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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In court on Monday, Joan Renee Zalk said she was pet-sitting for the dog. She told police officers the dog, named Cooper, needs to walk at least three miles a day or he goes “ballistic.”
Zalk, 29, also faces a charge of felony menacing after a witness who confronted her about the dog told police she was threatened, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.
Zalk, who is also an acupuncturist, told the newspaper there was no abuse involved.
Several witnesses called police Friday after seeing the leashed dog running alongside the car.
“That poor dog was running its guts out trying to keep up,” said Elizabeth Whaley, who followed the car, pulled up alongside it and issued a scolding.
Another woman, Debra Baros, later confronted Zalk, who, according to police, told her, “Excuse me, I have a gun in my car. Do you want me to get it?”
Zalk told police she didn’t really have a gun, but made the remark because she felt threatened by Baros.
Zalk was taken to the Boulder County Jail. She was released on bond on Monday.
Officers observed cuts, scabs and blood on the neck of Cooper, who was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. He was later released to his owner.
Zalk told police that the owner, Erin Livers, knew that she sometimes ran the dog from her car or her bike. But police say Livers, when contacted, denied that was the case.
Zalk is scheduled to appear in court again today.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 21st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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