Someone Please Adopt This 3-legged Dog From RVA ACC

by | Jun 13, 2014 | POLITICS

Alright, my boyfriend and house mates will kill me if I try to bring another dog into this house, so here’s the deal:


Alright, my boyfriend and house mates will kill me if I try to bring another dog into this house, so here’s the deal:

Someone needs to adopt St. John from Richmond Animal Care & Control.

At just over two-years-old, pit-bull mix St. John came into RVA-ACC with a de-gloving injury on her back foot. “Sometimes they heal up, sometimes they don’t,” said Christy Hemsworth, RVA ACC’s Placement Coordinator. “In her case, the leg has become as healed as it could be, and there was still a raw spot on it.”

It continued to bother her, causing her to lick and chew at the wound, which lead to nerve damage. They made the decision to amputate the leg and, according to Hemsworth, she has since made an amazing recovery. “She came back from surgery and she seems like she should have been a three-legged-dog the entire time.”

The Friends of Richmond Animal Care & Control covered the cost of the medical procedure (You can make a donation here.) The group helps fund these serious medical situations when sick pets come into RVA ACC.

About a week out from her surgery, St. John is ready to be adopted. There’s some minor restrictions for now – no dog parks until the stitches come out – but for the most part, Hemsworth said she’s ready to get out of there.

The shelter is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Ave, Richmond, VA and adoption hours are Wednesday-Friday 1-7, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-4. Stop by the shelter during open hours, or give a 804-646-5575 for more adoption information.

“She’s one of those dog’s who I feel could fit in just about anywhere,” said Hemsworth, who had kept St. John as an office dog since she was taken in back in March. She’s even sweet with kids, Hemsworth said, who brought her 3-year-old into work and the two got along great.

St. John is also mostly house trained, content sleeping on her dog bed, but also ready to go for walks when you break out that leash.

RVAMag found St. John after the Richmond Police Department tweeted a picture of her as part of a social media program they started with RVA ACC. City cops come out every week and snap a photo of a pet in need, and then they blast the photo out on their social networks. So thanks RPD for the lead!

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner




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