WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A dog left in a box with a broken leg in Florida was found by a West Lafayette man. They paired up and now the dog is recovering with one less leg, but no less spirit.
A toy pure-bred Pomeranian named Marley was left outside a Jacksonville, Fla., vet clinic about a month ago. He had a broken leg and an infection.
Two weeks ago, doctors amputated Marley's front left leg. Even under the circumstances, David Hucks decided to adopt Marley and give him a good home. Hucks said Marley has become happier and has had a turnaround since the surgery,
"He was in so much pain before and once the leg was amputated, his pain was gone. He started playing with my other dog. It was just an amazing difference in him. It was really cool, " said David Hucks .
Now that Marley is on the road to recovery, Marley is playing, running and even jumping. Hucks said the dog is adjusting to living life with only three legs. Marley is even warming up to Hucks ' family.
"The spoiling has begun. We've definitely started spoiling him and he's starting to know that. But, he's playing, he's eating, he's just a joy to be around and he's just a loving dog, " said David Hucks .
Hucks' parents even drove up from Florida to help out with Marley after surgery. They too have seen a difference in Marley's behavior. Hucks' dad, Ronald, said it takes patience for a mistreated dog to come around.
"I believe that in time, he will just be as good a pet as Dave's ever had."
There have been some struggles for Marley adjusting to his new life, but Hucks said it is worth it in the end.
"I would recommend that if anyone can help rescue a dog, even if it is a three-legged dog, do it, because it is worth it."
Hucks said he has raised more than $1,900 for Marley's medical costs. He has been thankful for all the donations. Hucks said he plans on donating the money he doesn't use to Almost Home Humane Society.
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