Donations Needed for Rescue Dog’s Surgery Bills

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CLEVELAND, OH -- She was hit by a car and left for dead, but now, an animal rescue group is stepping in to save the dog's life.

Claire, a pit-bull mix, was found on E. 55th Street by a Cleveland officer last week. She was in bad shape and needed surgery. The veterinarian said she had a fractured pelvis and femur.

Adrienne Schultz with 'Muttley Crue Rescue' is helping to care for the dog. She said another cop originally took her in, but soon realized she needed more than just a place to stay.

"Within 8 to 12 hours, all of a sudden she couldn't walk. She wasn't mobile and what we think happened was she was in shock," Schultz recalls. "So, we brought her here to Westpark. They sedated her and did X rays and found that her pelvis was completely shattered."

The dog was eventually taken to Metropolitan Veterinarian Hospital in Fairlawn for surgery. Shultz said they're now trying to cover the costs for treatment, but it's proving to be difficult.

The bill is around $4,000. So far, they've only raised about $1,500.
"It's a lot of money to put into one dog, but we feel we made a commitment. She's our responsibility and she's a sweet girl, so she deserves a chance," she said.

Claire went in for surgery on Tuesday. Her vet said it went well. She's now recovering and will stay with a foster family until she can find her own.

Schultz hopes that happens sooner than later. She said Claire deserves a forever home.

"Dr. Day, who is the orthopedic surgeon down at Metro, flat out said to me, as a rescue, I would tell you, maybe you should seek other avenues, but he said this dog is absolutely well worth it. She is an amazing little girl who deserves the best," she said.

If you'd like to donate to Claire's cause or even adopt her, click here.

You can also mail donations to Muttleycrue. P.O Box 121, Berea, Ohio 44017.


  • MedinaJoe

    I am a dog lover, but $4000 can help feed a lot of people. It is a shame a dog in this bad of shape has so much attention given to it. If they spent this amount of time/resources on helping those who are less fortunate, the world would be a better place.

  • Jessica

    There are many people out there helping to feed the hungry. There are also plenty of people out there claiming to be hungry looking for a handout. Animals are unable to help themselves. 4,000 dollars is not too much to ask to help and if you feel it isn’t worth it then don’t donate…it is that easy.

  • MedinaJoe

    Ok. If you truly want to help these animals, take the $4000, and help 400 other dogs get homes, without the ridiculous “rehoming fee” most rescues charge. Its all about the animals right?

  • Karren

    Thank you Fox 8 for covering this story. While many may think that $4,000 is a lot of money for one dog, the decision has already been made to save this one. If you don’t agree with it, then don’t donate. However, I have seen the amazing work done by Muttley Crue, my daughter and I each have one of their rescues, and my dogs have brought more love and joy into my life than one could imagine. With each dog rescued (many simply abandoned by uncaring owners) decisions have to be made. Please consider helping. They still need approximately $2,500. If everyone who reads this donated $5, she would be covered. If you don’t think it is a worthy cause, please read this sad story. We who are involved with the rescues have become the voice for this dog too. Only, it was too late.

  • Laura Wowk

    MutleyCrue is extremely responsible with their modest budget and accomplish much with their volunteers. Cynics who feel this money would be better spent on people, are encouraged to donate to help feed people. Each of us should volunteer or donate to any cause for which we feel compassion. There are plenty from which to choose. This commitment has probably set a president for MutleyCrue and I respect the fact that they are honoring their commitment rather than electing not to pay the vet hospital. We are stepping up and giving a small donation in hopes that others will do the same.

  • Bonnie Becker

    To MedinaJoe: Do you have a clue as to how much it costs to take care of a rescued dog? Do you have a clue as to how much money rescuers pay out of their own pockets to help their foster dogs? Do you think that we’re supposed to bleed ourselves dry and adopters pay nothing? How many dogs do you suppose could be rescued if that is the way rescues worked? Your supposedly ‘ridiculous’ rehoming fees are to put the money back in the rescue’s pockets so they can rescue another dog. Have you bought dog food or paid a vet bill? Have you had a 6 year old dog sold from an amish puppy mill put in your arms? Have you seen the fleas crawling all over her? Have you seen the thick green mucus covering her eyes and black crusts all around them? Have you seen that her teeth are so loose they are leaning outward? Have you seen that her nails are so long she can’t walk? I have! After vetting which included spay, dental, nail trim, medications for her eyes she came home with me 24 hours after her surgery. This brave little dog let me know every time she needed to go potty outside so that I could pick her up and carry her out. She didn’t want to be dirty and potty where she stood like she’d been forced to when she lived in that horrible place. She was worth every penny put into her but the adopter had to help or we couldn’t have helped another dog.

  • Karren

    It was with joy, relief and appreciation that I read that Claire’s surgery was covered by donations from the community. Thank you for caring. Every dollar donated to pay for this surgery helps Muttley Crue preserve their modest budget to help other dogs. The money for that budget comes from donations. I hope that periodically you will keep them in mind when you are looking to donate to a good cause. Those of us that are touched in many ways by Muttley Crue, whether it is through adoption, fostering, or just donating to their cause, know how devoted they are to rescuing dogs.

  • Jen

    I have heard many great things about Muttley Crue, and this story touched my heart. So I donated, like I have done so many other times for animals who have been abandoned, neglected, and left homeless. I don’t say that to brag, but to drive home the fact that these animals are usually in the spot they’re in because some person messed up, and they wind up with their life on the line. This was CERTAINLY the case here- Claire was on her own, scrapping on the streets of Cleveland during winter time, when she was stuck on East 55th and left for dead. Had it not been for a compassionate police officer and these rescuers, Claire’s ending would be much different.

    Veterinary bills are not inexpensive. For example, basic vetting – spay/neuter/shots- for a young cat or dog can be several hundred dollars. Heartworm treatment, which is commonly needed for stray dogs, can run in the hundreds of dollars. A rescue that does not charge adoption fees and does not have a steady source of income will not survive. Period. And it’s the animals who will suffer.

    In the meantime, I am stunned by the people out there who think that helping an injured or sick animal takes something away from humanity. It does not. There is no bank of goodwill- goodwill is only limited by what people are willing to give up.

    I would surmise that those who complain that helping an injured animal may take away from helping a person aren’t the type to help anyone at all.

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