Great Dane with shattered leg gets new lease on life at high-tech animal hospital


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Maybe a horse kicked him.

Maybe he got his leg caught in a door.

The only thing Renee Gumbs knew when she got her hands back on the Great Dane puppy she had sold to a couple on a farm in California was that his right rear leg was shattered, and his life was in danger.

Enzo would never be a show dog, not now. The bigger question was whether she would have to put him down.

As little as a decade ago, it would have been no question at all: Enzo would have died. With an injury that severe, the cost to try to repair it was beyond most people’s means. But today, technology and disposable income have met at a crossroads.

“You don’t even think about it. You just call and schedule the surgery,” Gumbs said. “Nowadays, anything you can do for a person, you can do for an animal.”

About $5,000 and months of rehab — yes, rehab, in a pool and on a treadmill — later, Enzo is the spoiled, beloved pride of this South Florida Great Dane breeder.

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