On Nov.12, Yani, a pitbull puppy, was brought to the Humane Society of Berks County’s Veterinary Services Department with a badly fractured front right leg. The puppy’s owners could not afford the surgery necessary to correct the break. Humane Society staffers decided to perform the procedure – a full amputation of the broken leg – and return the puppy to her owners.

“The owners clearly loved their dog, but were unable to pay for the surgery,” said Karel Minor, HSBC Executive Director.

“In this case, we were able to remove Yani’s broken leg for relatively little cost and send her back home.”

Unfortunately, continuing financial problems meant that Yani’s owners were unable to provide follow-up care after her surgery, and Yani was returned to the HSBC, this time as a resident in the shelter’s adoption kennel.

Dogs, particularly puppies, with amputated legs can live full and healthy lives.