Update: February 6, 2019

Tony had a visit with the orthopedic surgeon this morning. He is pretty certain he can fix Tony’s leg, which is fabulous news! We need to wait to give his leg time to grow bone back into those holes left by the screws that were removed in Turkey.


Tony now has a custom fiberglass split and bandages for a month, with bandage changes every 5 days or so. We will then take another x-ray of the leg in hope that there is more bone there to work with since grafts will be needed for the surgery.


There is a slim chance that over this month the break could begin healing on its own, but the vet isn’t counting on that. Tony is on antibiotics, pain meds, and a tranquilizer to help keep him calm (he is a puppy and so wants to play but he is not allowed) so he and his foster bro must be separated. Tough job for mom because they really love each other!

More updates to come.


Tony’s Journey:

Tony arrived at LAX on February 1st, after a 14 hour flight from Turkey. With another four hour wait to clear customs, it was 18 hours before he could get out and stretch his legs on US soil. He was clearly in pain all night. He couldn’t settle and was panting and drooling.

We knew of Tony’s medical history before he arrived. International rescue was his only hope. Both of Tony’s legs have been broken in multiple places and have had horribly done surgeries on them. Initial x-rays in Turkey revealed ten massive screws and plates in both legs, using excessive hardware not suited in any way for this type of repair,  causing more damage and great pain. It seems more like an experiment than treatment. His left leg being the worst, rescue partners in Turkey had their vet remove some of the screws before his departure to the US.

Tony was immediately seen by our vet. Current x-rays indicate his leg has not properly healed and the bones are severely damaged by the screws. He was placed in a splint, bandaged, and put on medications until we can get him to an orthopedic specialist on Wednesday, February 6.

At this time, we know at least one pin from his right leg will need to be removed and his left leg will require another surgery. We are hoping something can be done to repair the break and allow his bones to heal, but we must come to the realization that he may ultimately lose this leg.

Through all of this pain and displacement, Tony’s golden spirit keeps shining through.

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Thank you for keeping Tony in your thoughts!