Frankie, a 4-month-old puppy, was found abandoned next to a dumpster in Fitchburg. The Fitchburg Animal Control Officer contacted PoundHounds for help funding the surgery Frankie needed to fix his leg. PoundHounds was happy to help and payed $2073.48 for Frankie’s surgery.
Frankie recovered well, but it was soon discovered that he needed another surgery for a luxating patella. PoundHounds payed $2621.03 for this surgery — we just couldn’t let Frankie suffer more.
Frankie, is settling nicely into his adoptive home with a couple originally from Fitchburg, along with two new canine and five feline friends. Kim Hartwell and Rick Rossi fell in love with Frankie this summer after becoming involved with Animal Care Education Fitchburg, the group that supports the Fitchburg animal shelter, as volunteers with ACE’s shelter dog hikes.
Hartwell and Rossi took Frankie home for a trial run at the end of September to see how he would fit in with their other two dogs, Xena and Sienna, and their five cats. It was supposed to be a two-week trial, but it only took a few days for all to realize the fit was right. “He got comfortable here very fast,” Rossi said. “He’s part of the family now. He’s here to stay. “Frankie’s adoption became official Oct. 1, and he’s been enjoying running around in he woods outside his new Athol home and curling up with his new friends by the wood stove.*
Special thanks to the Red Acre Foundation for helping us help Frankie. Thanks to Amy and the amazing crew at Fitchburg Animal Control and to his new family for loving Frankie!
*This story was originally published in the Sentinel and Enterprise on Friday October 19, 2012. Written by Alana Melanson. To read the full story. Please click here.