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.