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April 5, 2014

Lukas needs a forever home

Injured dog community helped save needs new family

RICHMOND — Last year, pet lovers rallied behind Lukas, an injured dog found by Barbara Carter, 70, near the game reserve in Waco. Veterinarians believed the 9-month-old yellow Labrador mix had been struck by a car, which shattered his pelvis and hip bone.

Carter, who could not afford to pay for Lukas’ surgery, reached out to Richmond Register readers for help through an article published Oct. 12. Within four days, the community responded with more than $1,000 in donations to cover the cost of surgery, after care and vaccinations.

“We had to start turning donations away,” said Darica Coates, a receptionist at the Barnes Mill Animal Hospital, where Dr. Jack Taylor was able to repair Lukas’ thigh bone and save him from a life of chronic pain.

Now Carter is seeking the community’s help with Lukas one last time. She wants to find the dog a new home, one with a large fenced-in yard or a place he can run free. 

“The only reason I want to give him up is because I love him,” she said with tears streaming down her face. “He needs somebody young enough to play with him.”

While already the owner of several older dogs, Carter is unable to give Lukas the space and time he needs to thrive, she said. Because her neighbor has chickens, the energetic 1-year-old dog must stay chained up outside “so he can stay out of trouble.”

Carter said she tries to take him for walks, “but he’s too stout for me. It’s unfair to keep him tied up all the time.”

Because of the “overwhelming” response from the community in October, Carter said she is certain someone will want to adopt her beloved dog.

“He is house-trained, he loves to hunt, he doesn’t bark all of the time, but he’s a good watchdog and he’s super smart,” she said. Lukas also is up-to-date on his vaccinations and his leg has healed well.

“I’ve always loved animals — I don’t see a stray,” Carter said. “But I want my guy to have a chance.”

Those who are interested in adopting Lukas may call Barbara Carter at 859-228-0703.

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