SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Dr. Adam Conroy has seen a lot of injured animals at his Illinois vet practice, but one in particular topped the list.
7-month-old Trinity had three broken legs when she was found Sunday afternoon on I-24 in Eddyville, Ky., near the Illinois border, according to WGN.
“The gentleman said she was lying flat right in the middle of the road at the overpass he had said someone must have thrown her over the overpass for her to land where she did,” Cynthia Guzman, with the K9 Enrichment Initiative, said.
“You can imagine you land on all fours the bones can only take so much. Hit by a car, I would expect more contusions and abrasions,” Dr. Conroy said.
A good Samaritan pulled over, picked Trinity up, and took her home. A few phone calls later, a rescue group out of Plainfield, Ill., took the puppy and started looking for help.
“I spoke with probably a dozen different vets and got the same answer that well it will be $10-$12,000 to fix the legs,” Guzman said.
Dr. Conroy's office was contacted, and he decided to take on the case for free.
“The reality is the majority of people would see the financial burden and probably put them down,” Dr. Conroy said. “This is going to be a lot of work on our hands, but to give this dog a fighting chance and take the financial burden out of it, this is why we do it.”
On Wednesday, Dr. Conroy operated on two of Trinity’s legs, and on Thursday he repaired the third.
“It makes me sick. These are the people I wish they would find ... I doubt it's going to happen. I can't control that. I can control where we're at now. I can fix this, make it better, and then I picture this guy running around four months from now, and those post-op videos will be great,” he said.
It will be a long road ahead for Trinity. The K-9 Enrichment Initiative out of Plainfield has a GoFundMe page to raise money for a custom-made cart with wheels so Trinity can get around, as well as for physical therapy.
Eventually, they will be looking for a forever home for her.
Anyone interested in adopting or fostering Trinity should email the K9 Enrichment Initiative at email@example.com or visit k9ei.dog.