Puppy with broken back recovering in Lou. after being rescued


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A case of animal abuse in Murray, KY. sends a 5-week-old puppy to a Louisville veterinarian.

A Calloway County animal control officer found the puppy, named Coco, on Saturday. She suffered a broken back after a young boy reportedly placed weights on her back until it broke.

Coco is recovering from her injuries thanks to non-profit called The Arrow Fund.

"We have the worst of the worst cases," said Rebecca Eaves, founder and director of The Arrow Fund.

It provides medical treatment to Kentuckiana animals who have been the victims of torture or extreme forms of abuse and neglect. In the last four years, Eaves has helped save more than 250 animals.

Coco is one of many rescues currently hospitalized at Blue Pearl in Louisville, injured from animal abuse.

"We knew it was critical. We knew it fit our criteria," Eaves said.

"This month, they've probably had a patient here every day," said Angie Steinbock, with Blue Pearl.

Coco was found in Calloway County, nearly four hours away from where Eaves operates The Arrow Fund. She uses the power of social media and supporters to get the animals into the right hands for treatment.

"Within 20 minutes of posting our plea, I had two girls drive almost an eight hour round trip to get it here for the surgeon Tuesday morning," Eaves said.

The bills are no less than your average cost to the vet and in most cases these animals require a handful of x-rays and operations.

"Our vet bills are astronomical. The last few months, we've never had such bills,” Eaves said.  “It’s daunting.”

Eaves is able to stay on top of the bills thanks to fundraisers and community support.

"We're all one big family. We pull together to get these animals through and find them a loving home," Eaves said.

Right now, doctors are keeping a close eye on Coco. They've determined she's too young for surgery and hope she'll recover on her own.

"It's a watch and see situation with Coco. We're going to do everything we can to get her as best as she can be," Eaves said.

"It's devastating to see what happens to these animals and how they end up with us, but it's wonderful to see them walk out of our doors and to know that we helped make that happen," Steinbock said.

The Arrow Fund rescues dozens of cases like Coco's every year, made possible through your donations. Donations can be made at www.thearrowfund.org, through The Arrow Fund's Facebook page, or checks can be mailed to: The Arrow Fund P.O. Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.

The Calloway County Animal Control is working to track down the person responsible for Coco’s injuries.