▶️ Puppy injured in Bend collision has leg saved thanks to rush of donations

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A fundraiser has been launched to help a puppy who suffered multiple injuries in a head-on collision in Bend on Saturday. His former owner is now in jail, police say.

The puppy, named Diligence, has as a broken femur, a possible dislocated pelvis, and a small fracture of the nasal bone. There are also lung contusions.

The injuries happened after the collision in front of the Bend Factory Outlets on Highway 97 near Powers Road Saturday afternoon.

“He’s got a broken femur, a nasal fracture, as well as a dislocated hip,” Vet Technician and Community Outreach Director for Bend Animal Emergency Brittany Landucci said.

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Bend Police say a Dodge Durango driven by a 21-year-old man, identified as Dill’s owner, collided with a Ford Expedition with two people inside.

 

Both people in the Expedition were taken to the hospital with broken bones, police said.

The Durango driver was taken to the Deschutes County Jail, facing two potential charges of second-degree assault, reckless driving and animal abuse.

Diligence — also known as “Dill,” was brought to Bend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center (BAE). BAE said the owner surrendered Dill and the pup is now under the care and ownership of BAE.

BAE is trying to raise funds to cover the bills. BAE says several people have already donated enough to cover surgery that will save Dill’s leg from amputation.  But the balance for the remaining medical bills is growing and BAE is responsible for them.

 

BAE says Dill will have to be monitored for at least a few more weeks before they consider adopting him out.

“For now, as opposed to talking to the community about getting him to a foster or adoption, we’re gonna see how surgery goes today, see how he heals,” Landucci said. “We do have some fosters lined up, potentially foster to adopt, so we’ll just see how the next couple weeks go. If we’re able to spread the word out on his adoption, we’ll make that known on his social media.”

If you are interested in donating to Dill’s care, you can call BAE at 541-385-9110 ext 3.

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