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Old 10-17-2008, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default LIFE OR DEATH - A CONCERN FOR AUSTIN

LIFE OR DEATH - A CONCERN FOR AUSTIN
A FRACTURED NECK VERTEBRAE AND A FRACTURED LEG

We received a call from another rescue over the weekend asking if we could help with a boxer that needed expensive surgery. His name is Austin and he is a wonderful 2 year old who was hit by a car on September 26th. *Abandoned by his family at Angel Memorial Animal Hospital we were told that he was scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. *We immediately called the hospital and spoke to the doctor to get more details, and quickly made arrangements to have Austin transferred to Tufts Veterinary Hospital.

Austin sustained serious (possibly life-threatening) injuries including a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a radius/ulna fracture in his forearm. *Prior to NBR learning about Austin, he was kept as comfortable as possible at the hospital with pain medication for 15 days. *A splint was placed on his neck and his leg.

When we arrived at Angel to pick him up, it was clear how well liked Austin was by all the staff. *Everyone knew his name and sent him off with heartfelt waves and words of encouragement. *It took a few minutes for Austin to settle down in the car, but once he did, he snoozed until we arrived at Tufts.

The doctors at Tufts who initially examined Austin were very concerned about the fracture in his neck. *The break is located in the
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