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07-25-2008, 06:48 PM
Published: July 24, 2008 11:44 am


By Cristin Ross

cross@jacksonvilleprogress.com

Grace, the Great Pyrenees dog recently rescued and brought to the Klein Animal Shelter, is getting back on her feet, so to speak, after having a hind paw amputated last week.

“She’s healing nicely,” shelter Executive Director Angela Wallace said Wednesday. “The surgery went really well. She’s moving real fast and getting used to not having her foot.

“But she’s putting on weight and still has her sweet disposition,” she said.

Wallace said Grace could be offered for adoption as soon as next week, after she completes her antibiotic regimen.

“We have been in contact with someone who thinks she might have been Grace’s breeder,” Wallace said, “who told us Grace’s owner bought two pups from her in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

“We haven’t been able to confirm that, and we’d still like to speak with Grace’s owner if at all possible,” Wallace said.

Wallace said the shelter may not release Grace to her original owner because of the dog’s circumstances when she was brought to the shelter earlier this month.

Grace was found July 11 near Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church wearing a fairly new collar with a leash that looked to have been chewed through. Shelter officials said it is likely she hadn’t been on her own for too long. Judging by her overall health, however, she had been a stray long enough to sustain a pretty serious injury to her back left foot.

“It’s serious enough that amputation is the only way to really improve her overall quality of life,” Bullard veterinarian Dr. John Alexander said last week. “The tissues, muscles and nerves just couldn’t be repaired.”

Wallace said Grace was a candidate for the surgery because her overall health is good and she’s young enough to be able to bounce back from the surgery.

The Klein Shelter, a privately owned, non-profit organization, is located at 208 E. Tena St, Jacksonville. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for lunch) and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.