Rescuers desperate to find owner of injured Labrador Retriever

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The road to recovery is not over for a Labrador found injured on the side of the road two weeks ago.  Rescuers are desperately trying to find its owner.

Shirley Martin’s heart dropped when she saw pictures of this 2-year old dog. “My heart went out to it because of the injury he had and everything,” she said.

She dropped by the Pet Resource Center to consider adopting the dog, only known as animal #30833753. “We’ve been looking for chocolate labs or black labs and I wouldn’t mind to rehab it,” she said.

The pup was brought in about two weeks ago after someone found him badly injured on the side of the road near downtown Tampa. Rescuers believe he was hit and dragged by a car. He’s been in a cast for eight days and his skid marks are healing. Now, the search is on for his owner.

“He’s super well trained, someone spent a  lot of time. It’s why we’re kind of curious as to why an owner hasn’t come looking for him,” said Scott Trebatoski, director of Pet Resource Center.

The dog’s chip comes back to an address in New Port Richey, but calls have gone unanswered. Rescuers think either the owner doesn’t want him or doesn’t know he’s at the Pet Resource Center.

But, time is of the essence to treat his broken body.  And the money might not be so easy to come by. “If the adopter can’t find it or if he’s been like this too long and an orthopedic doctor says that he can no longer be repaired, you know we’d obviously amputate the leg,” said Trebatoski. His medical care will cost around $2,000.

Volunteers with Palm Harbor’s Suncoast Animal League plan to take the dog and care for him for now.

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