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Saving Samantha

She had been left to die on the side of a rural highway on the outskirts of Erwin. An apparent gunshot wound to her then-mangled right front leg meant that she was bleeding badly. She didn’t have much time. Samantha, an approximately two-year-old Rottweiler mix, needed help.
The call came into the shelter back in December that a dog needed help on the side of the road. Upon arriving at the scene, the situation looked grim.
“She had been bleeding pretty bad,” said Unicoi County Animal Shelter Director Jessica Rogers. “We could tell the wound was very fresh because of the amount of blood and damage done to the cartilage.”
Samantha was transported to the animal hospital where they x-rayed her leg. Veterinarians had hoped that they could repair her leg, but the damage was too extensive. The x-ray revealed that the bone had been literally shattered by the gunshot. The veterinarians had no choice.
They would have to amputate Samantha’s right front leg from the shoulder down.
After her surgery at Jonesborough Animal Hospital, she was turned over to a foster home to recover. Joe and Lucinda Grandy took Samantha into their home and immediately realized the joy Samantha brought to their lives.

For the remainder of this article please see the February 12, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.