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Hurt dog needs a home

By PAT JENKINS

Editor

Anybody want a dog?

One that apparently has no home was hit by a car last Wednesday in downtown Federal Way and was still recovering Monday at Cascade Veterinary Hospital, where workers were hoping a new owner for the gentle-spirited animal would walk in soon.

“Nobody’s claimed it. A few people have said they would take it before it has to go the animal shelter, but we don’t know if they’ll follow through,” said Carina Meskel, a veterinary technician.

The dog is a caramel-colored, lab-shepherd mix, estimated to be just under a year old. It had no microchip or tag to identify it when passersby, who saw it get hit by an automobile on Pacific Highway South near SeaTac Mall at about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, took it to the nearby pet hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis.

Since being tended to by veterinarians, the dog has made the clinic its temporary home. Workers have tried to the new mascot comfortable, but it’s in pain when it stands and probably will be for a while. Its injury takes several weeks to mend.

“What she needs is a home –– someone to take care of her while she heals. She just needs time,” Meskel said.

The dog might be intolerant of other canines –– it’s edgy when seeing other dogs enter the clinic, though that might be due to being in pain, Meskel said –– but otherwise is described as gentle and loving, more than suitable as a pet.

Cascade Veterinary Hospital (838-0082) is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s at 1804 S. 324th Pl., just south of the mall.

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