Puppy found in trash recovers from surgery

Foxy, after getting out of surgery. (Feb. 12, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A little puppy rescued from a trash can has come out of surgery, and is now recovering.

On Tuesday, 24 Hour News 8 aired a story about Foxy, and 8-week-old Chihuahua mix, who was found abandoned and crying out in the cold in Grand Rapids.

Wednesday, she spent the day in surgery as veterinarians fought to save her injured eye. Foxy injured puppy 2 021214

McKenzie Coleman was the person who found little Foxy, and rescued her from sub-freezing temperatures.

Coleman had heard whimpering that night, she said, outside her grandmother’s home.

“I looked out there and didn’t see nothing, so I opened the door and saw the little puppy in the trash barrel,” she said.

The puppy melted Coleman’s heart, and she wanted to keep her.

“So I got it out of the trash can and ran over to my mom’s house and asked her, ‘Can I keep it?’ She said no. I ran over to my granny’s house and asked her, ‘Can I keep it?’ [She said] ‘We already got too many dogs, we can’t get another one,” Coleman said.

So it was time for a grown-up discussion.

“So my grandma said the best thing for us to do, since we can’t have a puppy anymore like another dog, we gotta give it to the shelter,” Coleman said. “Yes, I did cry, because I wanted the puppy.”

That decision turned out to be a good move for Foxy, because she needed medical attention for her eye. Foxy injured puppy 3 021214

She spent about an hour in surgery Wednesday. Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners said it’s likely her eye was punctured about two weeks ago, and unfortunately, they couldn’t save it. They had to sew her eyelid shut.

Foxy will stay with the vet overnight and will then head back to Kent County Animal Shelter on Friday to recover.

It may take a few weeks for her to get strong enough to be adopted.

If you are interested in adopting Foxy, call the Kent County Animal Shelter at 616.632.7300.

To adopt another animal who needs a loving home, go to www.icpawz.com .

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