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Posted on 11-15-2012


October 6th, 2012 "Brinks" a one year old boxer went missing from his dog sitter's house near 4000 S in Roy, Utah. His family called all local shelters and canvassed the area in hopes to find him. After 3 long weeks and giving up all hope that they would ever see him again, on October 26th 2012 they received a call that he had been found. He had been living in an abandoned back yard in Roy under an apple tree-living on nothing but apples. 

He was extremely malnourished, had several cuts, abrasions and a hurt leg. His owners brought him straight to us for medical care. After examination and radiographs we discovered he had badly fractured his left rear leg, probably due to trauma during his disappearance.  

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Not knowing how old his fracture was or if it was repairable, we consulted with an Orthopedic Specialist who gave poor odds that the fracture could be repaired. He recommended amputation. We sent him home for the weekend on antibiotics and instructions for home care.

On surgery day he was looking much better and had begun to gain some of his weight back. Surgery was performed and we were unable to repair his fracture so an amputation was performed. Just when we thought we might have a happy ending to this horrible ordeal, post-op "Brinks" had complications and arrested. CPR was performed and he was revived and stabilized. Later that afternoon he had additional complications and we thought we might lose him again as he developed a Pneumothorax, a rare complication from CPR. Several long... hours later after a chest tube was placed to relieve the Pneumothorax, he was again stable.


After two weeks of constant care, treatment, medications and several visits to our clinic "Brinks" has made an amazing recovery. He is continuing to gain back his weight; he is playful and seems to be a very happy three-legged boxer.


He is One Amazing Survivor!



melissa jolley said:

this story broke my heart! poor baby! i am so relieved he is doing better! There is not a better vet around! good luck Brinks! we are cheering for you! p.s. dont you dare run away again! :)

2012-11-15 21:28:52

Camie Connelly said:

I am one of Brink's owners. I owe my life to Animal Care and Dr Talbot. I know in my heart this boy would not be with us had it not been for them and the way they cared for him. I will be forever in your debt.

2012-11-21 18:09:39

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