DAYTON, Ind (WLFI) — Two Dayton women traveled across the country to rescue a dog who was found underneath a home in Louisiana. Five-month-old Amelia was left to die.
"So they think she was hit by a car,” said Purdue University Corporate Secretary Janice Indrutz. “Her right leg was broken. Her right front leg is lame."
Janice Indrutz came across a shared post on Facebook about Amelia. Rescuers found her whimpering for help and couldn’t afford her medical fees. Janice stepped in. She called the shelter to see what needed to happen in order for her to have Amelia.
“The shelter down there said they would not release her to Christy and me until they had a rescue commitment,” said Indrutz.
Christy Edwards is a friend of Janice. She’s been rescuing animals for more than 30 years and wanted to help Janice rescue Amelia.
"We started talking and coming up with the idea,” said Edwards.
The idea was to rescue Amelia who was suffering from a broken jaw and multiple broken bones. With the expenses, the shelter wasn’t going to keep her.
"I called down there and she said she has a lot of injuries and they will probably go ahead and euthanize her," said Edwards.
That wasn’t an option for Janice or Christy. The women started working on ways to rescue little Amelia, but the cost was stepping in the way.
Janice had to put a $700 down payment plus $3500 more when she arrived.
"The LSU bill was $4,500 dollars and I don’t have that,” said Indrutz.
Without giving up, a GoFund Me page was created, and strides were made to rescue little Amelia. It was music to Janice's ears that little Amelia was able to be rescued.
Amelia needed to be transported from one shelter to another in Louisiana. Janice wasn’t sure if that would happen. Until one day she received a message saying that Amelia had been transported and they were able to rescue her.
"I had to pull over because I started crying and I called Christy and I said, 'they've got her,'” said Indrutz.
After traveling 14 hours, Christy and Janice were finally able to meet Amelia. She was left to die and almost euthanized. She's a Hoosier now.
Amelia will still need to receive aftercare. She has a leg that may need to be amputated and she also has multiple plates in her body.
Amelia will be taken to Purdue University Small Animal Hospital in West Lafayette. If you would like to donate to help with Amelia’s medical expenses you can do here.