Riggs needs help!

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Sweet Riggs is an extra special St. Bernard boy who found himself at a high-kill shelter in rural Alabama.

As soon as Bonnie Blue Rescue heard about his story and saw his heartbreaking photos, we knew we had to try and help him.

Riggs’ back leg was broken when he was just a puppy but he never received veterinary care.

A break that could have been set/repaired was totally ignored by his owners.

Undoubtedly this sweet boy’s pain was ignored, too.

That fact alone just makes me sick to my stomach.

Despite his constant state of hurting, Riggs is still a happy, happy, lovely boy!

Riggs is now 2-3 years old and his back leg is totally worthless.

There is complete atrophy of the muscles and total non-use of his leg.

Riggs actually lifts up his leg when he walks or tries to run but the leg snags on the ground and hurts him.

It is heartbreaking to watch him try to walk as his leg literally bounces up and down off of the ground.

Even more heartbreaking is watching Riggs sit.

Because of the way his leg has ‘healed’ incorrectly, his leg is literally twisted around backwards when he sits.

Poor baby boy!

Riggs is also extremely underweight. He is currently 95 lbs but should be closer to 140-160.

This sweet, sweet boy has a long way to go, but we will make sure that he has everything he needs to get back to 100% soon.

Riggs was neutered and has just moved to our vet clinic in Birmingham, AL. He has a true ortho consult tomorrow but his vet who saw him today felt certain that nothing could be done to save Riggs’ leg.

The reality is that Riggs has been operating on three legs for much of the past two years so he will probably do very well with an amputation-type surgery if there is nothing that can be done to save his leg.

We are still waiting for the official surgery quote from Dr. Murphy, but based on past surgeries at this clinic and Riggs’ “plus size” charge for anesthesia we are estimating his surgery to be close to $1000. This amount will be updated tomorrow as soon as the official estimate is received. A copy of the estimate will be available online to anyone who would like to see it.

Would you be willing to chip in a dollar or two to help fund sweet Riggs’ surgery?

Our rescue is completely dependent on donations to continue to save special needs pups like Riggs & so many others. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go directly to Riggs’ surgery and aftercare.

Donations can be made online via Chipin here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/riggs-the-st-bernard

OR may be called in directly to Vestavia Animal Clinic at 205.823.7485

(under the account of Natalie Reeves/Bonnie Blue Rescue).

Thank you in advance for helping us help sweet Riggs get a new lease on life!

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2 Responses to “Riggs needs help!”

  1. Niki Dillard Says:

    Court, I can do $25-50.. Just might not be till tomorrow.. Oh what a sweet boy.. Those furry ones get me every time..

    N

    On Sep 17, 2012, at 10:46 PM, Bonnie Blue Rescue wrote:

    WordPress.com bonniebluerescue posted: “Sweet Riggs is an extra special St. Bernard boy who found himself at a high-kill shelter in rural Alabama. As soon as Bonnie Blue Rescue heard about his story and saw his heartbreaking photos, we knew we had to try and help him. Riggs’ back leg was br”

  2. Julia Cherry Says:

    Mid Atlantic Saint Bernard Rescue will be sending in a donation for Riley Riggs…..Thank you so much for saving this sweet boy!!
    We appreciate all you do for so many left behind dogs.

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