It’s been a long journey for Baby, the bulldog that was dragged by a truck and backed over on August 2 in Olivehurst. A month later, she’s getting surgery at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Bikram Basra who runs the hospital was the first veterinarian to see Baby. “I didn’t think she was going to make it on the first day she came in,” he said.
Baby’s injuries were serious, Dr. Basra said her leg was badly broken and her tail, though still attached, was actually pulled off from the nerves.
Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Olivehurst resident Wayne McFee, 42, for Baby’s abuse.
Despite the serious injuries Baby made it thanks to the care she got from the non-profit One More Dog Rescue.
“I am so excited, I can’t believe it’s happening now,” said Allie Gentry, who has been Baby’s caretaker.
Since the rescue group is less than a year old it can’t apply for grants, so they had to rely entirely on private donations to pay for Baby’s surgery. Amazingly, the public came through.
“We have gotten calls all the way up until 3:00 in the morning,” said rescue founder, Marcy Lopez. “They’re the reason baby’s getting the surgery.”
Along with generosity from the public, they’ve also gotten help from Dr. JT Vida who offered to do Baby’s surgery practically for free.
The reason he wanted to the do the surgery was pretty simple, “It just brings joy to see (the dogs) able to function again”
Dr. Vida said he would be able to save Baby’s leg with a lot of hardware, but her tail was going to be amputated.
The surgery took about five hours to complete, but now that it’s done Baby can begin healing for good.
“It is so amazing to see her progress,” said Gentry.
It’ll be about six to eight weeks before Baby heals from the surgery, and a total of about three months before she can be adopted to her forever home.
The rescue workers can’t wait. “Baby’s feeling the love too; she definitely knows it’s out there for her,” said Gentry.