“When he first came to us, he couldn’t stand at all.”
As the large black Great Dane hopped around the small yard on three legs, veterinarian Dr. Amanda Brumley detailed the injuries Lou suffered a month and a half ago after being struck by a car in Mississippi.
She pointed out his healed lacerations and talked about his broken ribs, fractured pelvis and severely broken front left humerus.
“He was finally able about a week and a half ago to stand and go outside without crying,” Brumley said Tuesday afternoon.
Lou’s journey may have started with the heartlessness of his former owner, but it’s led him over hundreds of miles to the generosity and love of the staff at the Richmond Veterinary Clinic.
“He’s certainly worked his way into our hearts,” Brumley said.
Lou’s journey to Kentucky
In late October, Lou was struck by one, possibly two cars, in Greenville, Miss., according to Trista Perkins, director of the North Mississippi Great Dane rescue.
One of the drivers who struck Lou took him to a local veterinarian. The vet recognized the Great Dane and contacted the owner, letting him know his dog had been found and was seriously hurt.
The person denied owning the injured dog.
Perkins said neighbors in the area confirmed Lou’s ownership, but she believes his owner did not want to be liable for damage to the vehicle or be responsible for the dog’s veterinary bills.
Knowing that Lou needed major orthopedic surgery, Perkins turned to a former volunteer and Great Dane enthusiast who had just graduated from Auburn University’s veterinary school and moved to Kentucky – Brumley.
Brumley spoke with her boss, Dr. Michael Putnam, and he agreed to take in Lou and provide the care needed to save the dog’s leg at cost.
After paying the initial $2,000 vet bill in Mississippi, volunteers with the Great Dane rescue drove Lou more than 600 miles to Richmond, Perkins said.
“We knew he’d be in awesome hands,” she said.