Dog rescued by Ga. deputies need your help

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Man’s best friend is in need of your help.

A Richmond County deputy rescued the the German Shepherd after she was hit by a car, last week.

The dog has been staying at St. Francis Animal Hospital, in need of major surgery.

The only thing preventing the dog from having the surgery right now is the cost.

The Richmond County deputies named her “Traffic.”

Sadly, last Tuesday, Deputy William Geisen responded to a “car versus dog” accident.

He immediately thought the worst. Then her tail started to wag and she looked up at him from underneath the vehicle.

“I called for the supervisor to bring us a floor jack and it was at that time we noticed she wasn’t pinned, she just couldn’t move,” said Geisen.

Deputy Geisen pulled Traffic from the car and his team immediately started calling for help.

“Initially we started calling around to the other 24 hour emergency animal hospitals in Augusta and nobody was willing to help. We called St. Francis and they said to just bring her and they wouldl figure it out.”

Cary Head was a vet tech working the night they brought in Traffic.

“She had some brain damage. Her pupils were two different sizes. She was panting. Her temperature was slightly elevated. The leg was really the worst of it, honestly,” said Head.

And that’s where the problem lies.

“Unfortunately, the county doesn’t have the resources to take care and fix her so ultimately we knew if she had gotten turned over to the proper authorities she would have been euthanized,” said Geisen.

“When you get into orthopedics, she needs a big surgery. She needs a pin in that leg. So, it’s going to be expensive. I’ve seen these surgeries done every week since I’ve been here and they do get really costly,” said Head.

With no owner, the deputies who helped rescue her and St. Francis Animal Hospital need help to pay for Traffic’s surgery.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up and some dollars are starting to roll in.

Now, Geisen and Head are hoping more people will lend Traffic a helping hand.

“You’re right…a living life is a living life and it doesn’t matter if it’s a person or an animal,” said Geisen.

Right now, the estimated cost is $5,000 dollars so if you’d like to help in any way, you can go to Traffic’s Go Fund Me page by clicking here: www.gofundme.com/savetraffic

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