At 5-months old, Indy found herself alone, injured and scared alongside a rural four-wheel-drive road near Lake George in the Pike National Forest. While it was unknown how the young dog found herself in this predicament, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before she would succumb to the elements if she remained undiscovered.
Discovering an injured dog in need
Preston was spending the fourth of July weekend camping with his family, and as fate would have it, they found themselves four-wheeling on the exact road where Indy lay. Looking for wildlife, he noticed a small head suddenly pop up along the side of the road and, on further investigation, saw that it was a dog. Immediately, Preston recognized that the frightened dog was also injured, unable to stand up on her own. Far from civilization and with no cellphone service, Preston made the 15-mile drive to town while his family stayed behind, surrounded by wilderness with Indy. Officer Peterson, an animal control officer with the Park County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the call and followed Preston back to the site where Indy was discovered. Officer Peterson also noticed that the young dog was not able to move well; she was timid and dragging both her hind legs. Jumping into action Officer Peterson took Indy to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic in Colorado Springs, a four-hour drive. Here Indy received initial treatment and the search for her owner and her second chance at a new life began. Colorado Humane Society, a program of the Dumb Friends League, was contacted to aid in Indy’s care and help locate her owner. After it became apparent that the owner was not to be found, Indy – aptly named for the Independence holiday around which she was found, made the trip to Denver where the Dumb Friends League veterinarians continued to provide the care she needed.
Healed dog is adopted into loving home
Indy’s leg was severely broken, and it was unclear if it could be saved or if it would require amputation. League veterinarians performed surgery and carefully inserted pins to stabilize the bone, giving her the best chance at recovery. Indy was sent to a foster home for 25 days where she recovered and against all the odds her leg was saved. The happy puppy’s affectionate personally shined as she continued to heal. She finally felt the love and affection of a caring person in her foster parent and would soon be ready to find her permanent home. Two months later, Indy was adopted by the very person who discovered her. When Indy saw Preston in the Dumb Friends League adoption room, it seemed that she remembered him as the person who saved her life all those days ago.
While the story of how Indy arrived alongside that rural four-wheeling road will remain speculation, we sure are glad she was found by the compassionate individuals who ultimately saved her life and eventually became her new family. Indy is now spending her days with her shih-tzu sibling, receiving all the love and affection she’d hoped for and deserved all along.
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