When Murphy was dropped off at a Fort Lauderdale animal hospital, he had a punctured chest, broken leg and ribs, collapsed lung and cuts all over his tiny, 3-month-old body.
By Tuesday, the mixed-breed puppy was in stable health and looking for a home.
The man who said he was Murphy’s owner rushed into the VCA Imperial Point Animal Hospital in Oakland Park July 10 with the yelping, injured puppy.
He told staff members that the puppy had been attacked by one of his other dogs, turned over the puppy and promptly left.
The man, who left only his phone number, did not answer when staff called him repeatedly.
Amy Roman, founder of local animal rescue 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, happened to be in the hospital at the time, and took Murphy in. Roman’s animal rescue covered the cost of Murphy’s medical treatments, which included wound treatment, blood transfusions, medication and oxygen at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.
Murphy went under open chest surgery July 17 to repair broken ribs and drain chest fluid.
“Fortunately, Murphy has responded well to the surgery and with additional care, we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” said Dr. Jennifer Bibevski, the veterinarian performed the procedure. “His left lungs are working appropriately and he has regained a happy attitude since surgery.”
Since being cleared for “medical boarding” at LVS Tuesday, videos, photos and updates were posted on the animal rescue’s Facebook page. There has been an “outpouring of support” for Murphy in the form of donations and adoption offers, Roman said.
“The lifesaving care Murphy received does have significant costs, and we ask that the community help us through donations, if possible,” she said.