Molly's surgery a success as well wishes pour in
Molly, the dog which had four legs broken when hit by a snow plow in Manchester last week lies on the operating table for surgery to repair the damage. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)
One down, three to go.
Molly, a border collie whose four legs were broken when she was struck by a plow in the city last week, underwent more than eight hours of surgery on Saturday at the Center for Advanced Veterinary Care.
And the effort to heal her and return her to her owner, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, has renewed many folks' faith in human kindness this Christmas season.
Molly will remain at the clinic for some time for follow-up care and physical therapy, so she likely won't be home for Christmas. But she's getting plenty of love from staff and strangers alike who've been touched by her story.
A dog named Sophie had delivered the present for her fellow border collie.
"Sophie actually carried the bear in and brought it behind the desk to the receptionist," said Jamie DeKraai, hospital director.
A group of friends signed a card with well wishes. "All will be right soon! You are in good hands!" wrote Peter . "Get well soon Molly. Get home to dad," Amy said.
But Molly was wagging her tail.
Then someone noticed the man's car had a veteran license plate. And saving Molly became as much about the human as about the dog. "This guy needs this dog back," Kelloway said.
If not, All Better Pets finds an adoptive home; they've already placed more than 200 animals in new homes.
And her dream of matching shelter animals that need foster homes with recovering substance abusers was growing dim.
It all feels like a bit of a "miracle," Kelloway said, in this season when such things happen. "This dog has done more for this shelter than we could ever do for Molly," she said.
When company President Mark Robinson heard about Molly, Kelloway said, he "contacted us immediately," offering to donate a canine "wheelchair" for the young dog to use until she's back on her own four feet.
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