MCMURRAY, Pa. - His name is Lucky.
It's an appropriate name for the 1-year-old dog found Saturday night suffering from extreme physical trauma as the result of a hit-and-run.
Zack Shultz was driving home to Waynesburg from work when he spotted a brown furry body on the road.
"I assumed it was a deer so I stopped mainly to get the animal off the road, then I realized it was a dog pretty quickly," he said. "The fact that it was a pup, I couldn't not help him."
After consulting his wife, he rushed the dog to University Veterinary Specialists in McMurray.
"(The dog's) very lucky! I mean, he's just lucky in the aspect that he had such caring people find him," said veterinary Dr. Samantha Gabree.
Veterinarians said the dog had suffered nerve damage and broken bones and was covered in ticks.
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"He definitely had some head trauma going on," Gabree said. "He wasn't very coherent, so we stabilized him, performed life-saving care and got him to a more stable situation."
He also had a broken leg, which was operated on on Wednesday.
The prognosis is good, and the Shultzes plan to keep the dog they've named Lucky, but after paying for surgery recently for another pet, they're looking for help to cover Lucky's bills.
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