Saving Orson

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

“That he indicates he belonged to somebody for a long time,” Townsend said.

To top it off, Orson tested positive for heartworms.

“With local surgery and rehabilitation, the vet said he had about a 60 percent chance of surviving,” Townsend said.

The cost, including treatment for heart worm, would be roughly $3,000, precious funds for a small humane society.

But there was more to Orson, estimated at roughly six years of age, than the injuries, Townsend and her staff soon discovered.

Orson had the friendly nature of a lab, wagging his tail incessantly around people and navigating the compound among other dogs, apparently happily, with his three good legs.

“We put him out for a temperament evaluation and they fell in love with him,” Townsend said. “He does his sits. He’ll walk up to anybody.

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