TAMPA, Fla. — A Hernando County dog who lived through the horror of being shot and dragged behind a car is getting the surgery he needs after donors raise $15,000.
Niko, a Catahoula-mix, was found at the side of the road on Thanksgiving. After finding out he had a spinal fracture, Niko was scheduled to be euthanized by the Hernando County Animal Services. Thankfully the SPCA Suncoast facility in New Port Richey took over the case. They discovered Niko also had two bullets lodged in his body.
Even though Niko’s future seemed bleak, the SPCA Suncoast were determined to give him the chance he deserved. They started a GoFundMe to help pay for his surgery.
Within a few days the GoFundMe raised over $15,000 and on December 10, the veterinarians at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa will be performing the delicate procedure on Niko’s spine.
“He’ll probably never be 100-percent,” said medical technician Ashley Gandees told News Channel 8. “We would always want this future adopters to kind of be cautious of any sort of extraneous activity, but this will give him the best quality of life.”
This surgery will enable Niko to walk again, however he will require future surgeries.
Hernando County Animal Services are currently investigating to find the motorist that hit Niko.
“Despite being hit and dragged by a car, and shot TWICE, he is the sweetest guy that just wants affection,” says Niko’s GoFundMe.
“We know that once he has this surgery, and recovers, his new life is going to be amazing.”