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Homeless Dog Hit By Car in Need of Hip Surgery

Butler Animal Shelter hoping to raise funds for Aero's medical treatment before finding him a home.

If he were a plane, as his name may imply, some would say Aero has a broken wing.

Aero, a dog being fostered through the Tri-Boro Animal Welfare Butler Animal Shelter, actually has a broken hip, something shelter volunteers noticed recently as he was not putting weight on his back leg when he walked. Pat Panico, a volunteer at the shelter, said she brought him to the veterinarian for an X-ray and it was determined that he has a hip injury. Suzanne Finelli, another shelter volunteer, said surgery is necessary in providing a quality life to the dog.

"[The veterinarian] believes that when he was on the streets, he most probably had been hit by a car. The injury didn't heal properly such that the leg bone does not sit in or even near the socket and if corrective surgery is not performed, Aero will never be able to walk normally," she said. "In fact, his condition will continue to deteriorate and become increasingly painful."

Aero made his way from Georgia to Butler as volunteers have hoped to find the dog a home. But before that can happen, Panico said his medical needs are a priority. The estimated cost of the surgery is between $2,400 and $3,200, according to Panico.

"This is going to be a financial burden on our shelter but we need to do what we need to do for our animals," she said.

Additionally, Aero will need weeks of physical therapy. Shelter volunteers are hoping to raise the necessary funds, or at least a portion of them, to help cover the costs of the surgery.

"It is unanimously agreed among [volunteers] that Aero is one of the sweetest dogs we have had at the shelter and his is a life worth saving," Finelli said.

Aero will stay at Panico's home immediately following the surgery as she will help him through physical therapy.

Anyone interested in assisting with Aero's surgery can make a donation in his name to Dr. Dawn Garro at the Butler Veterinary Hospital, 417 Main Street, Butler, NJ 07405. Those interested in possibly adopting him afterward should contact Panico at 973-838-3789.

Lori P February 17, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Maybe the VET can VOLUNTEER to HELP this pup and let the donations continue to come in on Aero's behalf?
Regina Lanzetti February 18, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Maybe we all can help and not leave it to one person. Once the surgery is performed people will forget to write the check.
Unhappy Camper February 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Find another vet that doesn't have to pay for a nanny or one that isn't only in it for financial gains, She just wants to separate you from your $, Unecessary tests, innoculations
Unhappy Camper February 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Find another Vet and I would be happy to donate at least $100
Amy February 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I have know idea who "unhappy camper" is, but I think he/she needs a hobby! It is none of our business how a working mother decides to care for her children while she is at work. We have brought our 2 dogs and cat to Dr. Garro after having our prior vet misdiagnose our dog. She is nothing but professional and has the best interest of the animal at heart. I completely disagree with the comments made, she is an outstanding vet. After adopting animals locally, I know that she works closely with many shelters helping many animals. It is really easy for people to sit home and say the VET should pay for everything (medication, surgery time, supplies, etc.) and we do nothing. I mailed in my donation.
Michael S February 24, 2013 at 05:09 AM
We recently adopted an adult dog that ended up having a few issues. When another vet was unable to cure her problem, we went to Dr. Garro for a second opinion. She worked up our dogs various medical problems step by step until a cure was found. Her problems were so unusual that Dr. Garro even consulted with a number of specialsts around the country, including endocrinologists and cardiologists, consultations for which there was no charge by either those doctors or Dr. Garro. A diagnosis was reached and solutions were found to my dogs problems. Dr. Garro has since followed up with phone calls, text messages and emails to make sure that my dog was continuing to respond positively to her treatment and was leading a normal and happy life. As for Dr. Garro's charges, they were comparable to other practices and in most cases even less than other quotes we received. I don't know what more I could have wanted from any vet. Perhaps Unhappy Camper is unhappy because he/she has never been a client of Dr. Garro's. It seems that the attack is for personal reasons and has nothing to do with Dr. Garro's ability as a vet or the way she treats her clients and their pets. The implicit criticism of the manner of her child care is an inexcusable invasion of the doctor's private life and serves only to take away attention from helping Aero. If Unhappy Camper has personal or professional problem with Dr. Garro he/she should pick up a phone and call her so it can be resolved.
Weary Taxpayer February 24, 2013 at 04:22 PM
VERY well said, michael s and amy. We need to bring the focus back to adorable little Aero, who needs our help to raise funds for a very involved surgery, so that he can have a much better quality of life in the future. The article was written with good intentions, and for that purpose alone, so lets remember that and focus on spreading the word and raising money for Aero. THAT is the most important thing. That being said, there is nothing more cowardly and pathetic than publically slandering someone, a professional or not, and even worse, to do it while hiding behind an anonymous screenname. We have all given "unhappy camper" more than his/her two minutes of fame now, and all of that undeserved. It would seem that have a personal issue with the vet, perhaps even jealousy, and should address that issue in a way that is more appropriate and does not detract others from feeling comfortable about donating to this dog. (continued below)
Weary Taxpayer February 24, 2013 at 04:23 PM
(continued) We also have known Dr. Garro for several years, and take our dogs to her for their care. She is nothing but professional and kind, caring and attentive. She follows up with us at home, personally, and most importantly- on her own time. Her staff is also excellent. We have previously used several other local vets also, and her costs are comparable to all of them, and in some cases, less expensive. Again, I hope everyone continues to donate and spread the word about Aero. If reading all the nonsense on Patch is unfortunately deterring anyone from donating to the vet, then just donate directly to tri-Boro Animal Welfare. They will undoubtedly put it for the best use possible. Put the animals first. Finally, please take your immature and cowardly complaining and slandering elsewhere. It isnt needed or wanted here. Or anywhere, for that matter...
Leslie Jones March 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Dr. Garro is professional, kind and compassionate, and goes above and beyond for all of her patients. All that she is doing for Aero and the many other shelter animals she has helped during her career comes from her time, her pocket and her love for what she does. Thank you to those who know and admire her, as I do, for speaking out. She is an amazing veterinarian and is doing this out of the kindness of her heart.

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