June 29, 2014 3:11 pm

Williams Lake SPCA needs public’s help to fund surgery

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Williams Lake SPCA is appealing to the public to help fund “big fuzzy teddy bear” Rupert’s veterinary care.

The three-year-old husky mix was found just outside the city with severe damage to his front leg from a bullet. Experts say the wound was at least a week old by the time he was discovered.

Infection had spread by the time he received veterinary care and Rupert’s leg needs to be amputated. He is now on antibiotics and the SPCA say he’s expected to make a full recovery with surgery.

“Rupert has been through so much – we really want him to have a long and happy life in a loving home,” said Liz Dighton, manager of the Williams Lake SPCA. “We hope that there are animal lovers out there who will help us give this wonderful dog a second chance.”

The estimated cost for Rupert’s surgery is $2,000, with additional expenses for follow-up treatment. As a non-profit organization, the SPCA says they rely mainly on public donations.

Contributions to Rupert’s care can be made online or in-person at 708 Bond Lake Road in Williams Lake.

The SPCA has launched an animal cruelty investigation.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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