Two emergencies involving injured dogs kept the Portage County Animal Protection League busy over the Labor Day weekend.
The first emergency took place Saturday afternoon when the APL received a call about a dog possibly hit by a car on Rt. 14 and Knapp Road in Edinburgh Township. A Beagle mix was found with an injured leg. X-rays revealed the dog, named Henry by the APL, had a broken leg that needed amputation.
According to a release by the APL, the organization received a call about another injured dog on Saturday night. Humane officers found an 8-month-old Great Dane in Kent with an injured back leg. Veterinarians determined that the dog, which the APL named Spencer, had a broken hip and required surgery.
Neither dog had tags.
Portage APL executive director Chalan Lowry said in a release that there has been an increase in these sort of incidents. The organization is relying on community donations for help.
"In past years, we may only rescue a couple of animals who are in need of amputation or major surgery," Lowry said. "But since 2012 we have seen eleven amputation cases. This story makes12. That doesn't count the other types of surgeries or heartworm treatments that have increased as well. Surgeries like these can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars and strain an already tight budget."
For donation information, contact the Portage APL at 330-296-4022.