An animal rescue group has put out a plea for public donations after a puppy was found badly injured in a rural area near Rocky Mountain House.
The 4-month old mixed breed puppy, named Panzer, was found with extensive damage to both its front legs.
The dog was rushed to Calgary, where he was assessed by veterinarians and underwent surgery.
Veterinarians suspect he was attacked by a wild animal.
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crews Society (AARCS) said Panzer is now being looked after at its medical recovery foster home.
“He is the sweetest little dog and even though he has been through so much, he is still such a happy puppy,” said AARCS medical manager Ariana Lenz.
AARCS said in a Monday news release that it currently has 144 animals, like Panzer, who are in need of medical care. It needs to raise money to pay for the mounting veterinarian bills or it risks having to turn the animals away.
“As the cold weather approaches, the number of animals in need will continue to increase. We need to raise additional funds to get us through the winter months,” said executive director of AARCS Deanna Thompson.
AARCS said it expects medical costs to exceed $1 million before the end of the year.