Injured puppy on the mend

Booboo has a new name and a new owner

August 17, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Princess Fiona, formerly Booboo, walked with a limp at Berkeley Springs Animal Hospital where she is being treated for injuries after she is believed to have been tied and dragged by a car in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Trish Rudder, Staff Photographer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The puppy that was hospitalized for injuries believed to have been caused by being tied to and dragged by a car continues to recover at Berkeley Springs Animal Hospital.

Booboo, a 7-month-old female black lab, has a new name and a new owner, according to registered vet technician Heather Young.

Princess Fiona, as the dog in now named, has been going home at night with animal hospital employee Megan Risinger, who is studying to become a registered vet technician, Young said.

"They really bonded," Young said."She was the one that got her to eat."

Risinger, 19, said the Humane Society of Morgan County approved her adoption of the puppy last Friday.

"I take care of her at night," Risinger said."The first time I met her, I immediately felt a bond with her. I guess it was love at first sight."

The badly injured puppy was taken to the hospital by the Humane Society of Morgan County more than two weeks ago.


Dr. Mark R. Roberts performed surgery on the dog and she has been under his care.

Roberts said in addition to injured left knee ligaments, road rash and a hernia from hitting road objects, her rear feet were ground to the bone, and the ligaments and tendons were totally gone from asphalt abrasions.

Princess Fiona walked with a limp Tuesday and her bandages were temporarily removed to let the wounds breathe, or air out. Her wounds will be rewrapped, Young said.

One back foot that was badly damaged remained wrapped and the dog wore a booty.

"She is doing well. We have to wait and see for her wounds," Young said.

Risinger,a Morgan County resident andBerkeley Springs High School graduate, said she will be attending Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.Va., on the Fairmont State University Campus.

The plan is that Princess Fiona will go with her to Fairmont, she said.

"It's a great fit for the dog," Humane Societypresident George Farnham said."We are delighted she has such a wonderful forever home."

He said more than 12 people wanted to adopt the puppy.

Farnham said more than $1,000 has been donated to Berkeley Springs Animal Hospital to defray the cost of the dog's medical bills.

He said people have pledged $7,100 toward the arrest and conviction of whoever harmed the puppy.

Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh said Tuesday that several anonymous calls have come in regarding the incident and the department does have a lead in the case.

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