[UPDATE 9:48 p.m.] Dog Unable to Walk After Car Accident That Kills Owner; Can You Help?
Early last Thursday morning, Marley was in a car crash that killed his owner, Dillion Boots. Since then he’s been surrounded by people trying to help.
By the flashing lights of the emergency vehicles at the accident scene, Miranda volunteer firefighter, Jimi Hensley found the injured dog when he heard him whimpering. Hensley saw the dog in the grass at the roadside. “I assumed it had some type of injury because it wasn’t up running around,” he said. Worried, Hensley passed the information through a California Patrol Officer to the coroner who “put a blanket over the dog to keep it warm until animal control could arrive.”“He was brought to Garberville Redway Veterinary by an animal control officer to receive medical care for his wounds after being ejected from the vehicle,” explained Jacy Snodgrass who works there.
The family of Marley’s owner is unable to afford his medical bill and animal control is also unable to supply the funding needed for Marley. Currently he is stable, alert, eating well and very happy to be alive. However, he still needs surgery to be able to walk. Without it, he will be euthanized and his family will be even more heart broken. We need to raise about $4000 dollars to cover his current bill and the cost of surgery. Donations can be made to his…account at Garberville Redway Veterinary in person or over the phone via card. Any extra proceeds will also go to the family for follow up care that will be needed. Marley has come a long way since the accident and we’ve all invested so much love, time and effort. Losing him at this point would be devastating.
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Jacy says the vet’s staff have become attached to the dog. “He is so sweet and has been so good through it all,” she said. “Even though he’s been in pain, he’s been kind and hasn’t become aggressive at all. Such a sweet dog and with already so much love and time invested we can’t let him go very easily.”
Below is a photo of Marley and his owner, Dillon Boots, in happier days from a fundraiser page for the family.
UPDATE 9:48 p.m.: From the Garberville Vet’s Office:
For those of you keeping up with the Marley story we are already half way there in donations and he had his surgery today and is currently in recovery! He did very well through the whole process and now we just have to wait and see if he heals correctly. Thank you to all of you who have helped with your donations, positive energy and kindness! Every bit of it is appreciated!