Lucky was found Feb. 22, 2006 in a trash bin with a mangled leg and a duct-taped snout.
Lucky before his amputation.
Several weeks after surgery.
Lucky’s story began on February 22, 2006, when the Decatur Animal Shelter received a call about a dog found in a local dumpster. He was found in a garbage bag, with his muzzle duct taped shut and his right front leg badly mangled. He had multiple injuries to his face and front legs. The animal control officer brought him into our clinic where Dr. Osborne immediately started medications for shock, infection and bandaged his mangled front leg. For several days his life hung by a thread of hope that he would pull through. After a week of strong antibiotics, Lucky still had to have a complete amputation of his right front leg.
During his intense struggle for his life it became apparent that he had been used as a bait dog for training fighting dogs. Dr. Osborne offered a $500 reward for any information leading to owner’s arrest. The local media picked up the story and the word spread to dog lovers, animal care workers, and just anybody who has a soft spot for animals. The reward swelled up to $16,000 as the news traveled about Lucky and his situation. The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. As luck would have it Dr.Osborne adopted Lucky and he gained a new outlook on life. He is now the clinic pet and is happy to greet daily visitors or smile for anyone who wants a hug or a picture. In addition to his daily life, Lucky is now an advocate for the Decatur Animal Shelter. Some of his reward money has helped other abused dogs and create awareness for animal cruelty locally. He remains in good spirits and leads a wonderful and fulfilling life at Osborne Animal Clinic.