By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
Less than 12 hours after the Amsterdam Police Department started a fundraising campaign Thursday to help an abandoned injured dog, nearly half of the $10,000 goal had been reached.
Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick said Thursday that a female canine was found abandoned in a basket a few weeks ago alongside Woodrow Road, and city Animal Control Officer Gina Kline retrieved the dog, called Princess, from the roadside. Princess only had use of one of her legs when found, but there appears to be hope she could one day fully recover from injuries sustained.
Authorities are attempting to locate the owner of the dog, who may have been abused, and what circumstances led to Princess being abandoned.
Culick said veterinarian examinations determined the abandoned dog had apparently “severely kicked” or struck, which reportedly led to a broken elbow, a fractured rib and fractured vertebrae causing paralysis in her back end.
“They were gonna consider euthanizing the animal last week, but the veterinarian they’re working with asked them to hold on and see if it shows any signs of improvement wherein surgery would help,” Culick said.
Princess has shown signs of improvement, so Culick said an online fundraising campaign was started at www.gofundme.com/apd-princess for the medical expenses required for surgery.
A link to the fundraising webpage was posted with a video of Princess to the Amsterdam Police Department’s Facebook page Thursday morning and throughout the day donations rolled in as the plea spread across social media. A few more live videos were posted throughout the day.
“She is currently being cared for around the clock by selfless volunteers and our own animal control officer,” Amsterdam police said on its fundraising webpage for Princess. “She has a rough road ahead of her and needs your help not only for the initial surgery, but for one she will most likely need as she gets older. This puppy is lovable and has an amazing will to live despite being treated so badly.”
Culick said other than the injuries sustained, Princess is fairly healthy. He said the dog drags her hind quarters around when trying to move.
Around 10 p.m. Thursday, the fundraising campaign raised $4,975 from 138 people, according to the website. Any remaining money leftover from surgeries will be used as an emergency fund for animals in the city.