A phone call was received by MVLRC Inc. LAB RSQ from the Campbell County, KY animal shelter asking if we could help with placement of Labradors in their shelter. One of the Labs was a 10 week old Black Male Labrador Retriever, who has suffered injury and malformed healing to his right front leg at the hands of a neglectful, thoughtless and cruel breeder. He was left tied to the outdoor ?drop off? cage during one night in October, along with another Lab to be found by the staff next morning. MVLRC could not fund the extensive orthopedic care that this little lab needs and could not promise any assistance. I knew this was a very special little boy and I could not leave him behind. On hope and a prayer, with no funding, I went back to the shelter the next day and brought him home to foster and obtain the necessary medical treatment he so desperately needed. A very kind and generous couple, who are also also Lab parents and a customer, donated moneys to assist this little guy now named Bartlett for his ?angels?.
Because of this heartfelt generosity, I was able to start the "Bartlett Fund-Lab RSQ" at the 5/3rd Bank, to give him and other labradors a chance for a normal life. I was also able to apply and receive partial funding from LABMED, a wonderful non-profit organization that helps Labradors in foster care situations with emergency medical care funding.
Bartlett is receiving his normal veterinary care thru Dr. Stewart Smith and his staff at Beechmont Animal Hospital and his orthopedic care thru the skills of Dr. Bruce Butler and his staff at the Tennessee Ave Animal Hospital. Both of these wonderful doctors are monitoring Bartlett?s progress. His current prognosis is good: so far Dr. Butler has been able to save his leg, although his right front leg will be about a paw length shorter than his left leg and will be straight. Bartlett's cast was removed on Dec 18th, 2003. He will require continuing orthopedic care for awhile.
At first, we tried to place Bartlett with a qualified adopter...but my husband and I have decided to keep him instead. He is so dear to our hearts that we did not feel we could part with him! His leg will still need additional orthopedic care, but we are going to let him "grow up" first before deciding if it should be amputated or if it can be repaired to stop the "flopping" of his paw. We will keep everyone posted.