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Posted on: November 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Dog Injured in I-45 Rush Hour Traffic Needs Foster Home

Scout

Thanks to donations from citizens throughout League City and the Bay Area, a stray dog named Scout is on his way to recovery after being hit by several cars during rush hour traffic on the Gulf Freeway. Unfortunately Scout's hind leg was severely damaged and could not be saved. The German Shepard mix is now recovering from surgery at the League City Animal Care and Adoption Center, but he needs a foster home that will help him rehabilitate. 

Scout has become somewhat of a celebrity, with dozens of visitors coming to the shelter over the past week to check on his injuries and to inquire about adopting him. Unfortunately after being examined by an veterinarian who specializes in orthopedic surgery, it was determined that his left rear leg was broken in too many places to be saved and that amputation was the only option. Scout is expected to make a full recovery, but he needs a foster home for the next several weeks. Ideally he needs a foster that can be home most of the day and can handle a large animal since he weighs close to 85 pounds. If interested, please call the League City Animal Care and Adoption Center at 281-554-1377 and fill out a foster application at https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/foster/LCPA/Dog.

On Friday, October 30, a bystander who witnessed Scout being hit by at least two vehicles on I-45 near Beltway 8, stopped to help, and then waited for several hours until she could find a city or county agency willing to come pick up the injured pup. Luckily, she was able to reach Jasmine O’Keefe, the new League City Animal Care and Adoption Manager, who immediately sent someone to pick up Scout and take him back to the shelter. 

After several calls, Jasmine and shelter volunteers located a veterinarian to treat Scout and prescribe pain medicine.  A Facebook plea by the Friends of the League City Animal Shelter, a non-profit group, was then posted asking for donations to cover the surgery needed to repair his leg. Within two days, and after a story ran on KTRK Channel 13, over $5,000 was raised.

Because the cost to amputate Scout's leg was much less than the estimated cost for orthopedic surgery, the remaining donated funds will go towards providing medical care for other animals at the League City Animal Care and Adoption Center. Individuals who donated to the Friends of the League City Animal Shelter specifically for Scout can request a refund by emailing monica@monicamillican.com.

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