More surgery for mauled dog
Lukey, the nine-year-old collie cross brutally mauled by a roaming dog in Waimate on Wednesday, has been sent home to recover while he awaits a second surgery.
Lukey underwent a three-anda-half hour surgery on Wednesday to treat multiple wounds after a light tan, brindle and white dog viciously bit and tore at his head and shoulders. The attack exposed his skull and also left Lukey with skin torn from other parts of his body.
Waimate woman Toni deRooy, who took Lukey on as a foster dog more than five months ago, said he had been able to return home on Saturday after three nights at the Veterinary Centre in Waimate.
He was expected to have his second round of surgery this week, she said. Lukey’s second round of surgery aimed to treat dead skin on his ears and on the top of his head. DeRooy said she had been spoon-feeding Lukey as he was not eating independently following the surgery.
Since the attack deRooy had found out a little bit more about Lukey’s history. The mother of his previous owner, who died, had got in touch after she read about Lukey’s attack. The woman had told DeRooy how her son had adopted Lukey as a rescue dog himself after seeing a private advert. The woman told her the pair had spent up to five years together before her son had passed away, she said.
Following his death, Lukey was adopted by another family but kept running back to his old home, and ended up in the pound. After learning he was likely to be euthanised, the Pound Paws Rescue group took him on and it was then that he was fostered by deRooy.
DeRooy said Lukey had endured a terrible time and she had committed to giving him a good life in the future. The road to recovery was going to be long, and she did not think Lukey would be fully recovered before Christmas.
‘‘He has six to seven years of possibly the best time of his life ahead of him.’’ The support from people across the country had been ‘‘overwhelming’’. A Pound Paws Rescue spokeswoman said around $8500 had been raised to cover Lukey’s veterinary bills, since the attack. Donations were being raised via a Givealittle page and at the Veterinary Centre, Waimate.