Organized by: Jessica Weston
Winston is an 8-year-old schnauzer from Jackson, Michigan. He lives with his mom, Sue Weston, who is a senior on a fixed income. Winston loves his daily walks with Mom but as they were leaving the house on April 2, 2014, he was viciously attached by another dog. The dog was loose in the neighborhood and had hid itself under the wheelchair ramp at Sue's house. The attack went on for 20 minutes and was finally stopped by multiple neighbors and passers-by who came to Winston's aid. The dog tore Winston's belly apart, exposing his internal organs, ripped out hunks of flesh in several places, and severely damaged a leg by dragging Winston around by it. Winston suffered bites on nearly every part of his body.
Sue immediately took Winston to his local vet, who advised emergency surgery at Michigan State University veterinary clinic. Surgery took several hours and its outcome was not guaranteed. But Winston is a tough little guy and pulled through. He remains hospitalized at the MSU vet clinic, where they are working to ward off infection and organ shutdown due to the extent of the injuries.
Winston's family considered not pursuing treatment due to the gravity of the injuries but in the end decided to give him every possible chance for recovery. Sue has been his mom since he was less than a year old, when she adopted him from a rescue. They are the best of friends, and since Sue lives alone, he is her closest companion.
Sue has multiple health issues and cannot work. She lives on a small fixed income. Her adult children are covering the costs of Winston's recovery, which is expected to cost between $5,000 and $7,000. Winston has lots of friends, because everyone who meets him loves him! Many of them have asked about helping the family with this large, unexpected bill. We have already been fortunate to get some assistance through a non-profit organization, but any help is greatly appreciated.
Update on April 8, 2014: Winston came home from the hospital today! He is doing well and is so happy to be home with his mom. See his homecoming here: http://youtu.be/eJVqs7Y6eMc.