A small dog in Riverview is back home with his family this morning after an amazing rescue.
Doctors notified us of Perry's incredible journey on Thursday morning. The 10-year-old miniature pinscher accidentally wandered away from his home a couple of months ago.
Then, rescuers say, he was roughed up. Veterinarians believe a larger dog or coyote attacked Perry.
He had several puncture wounds and a really bad gash around his neck. A doctor found him staggering along Boyette Road and brought him to Boyette Animal Hospital, where medical personnel fought to save him.
They say Perry was a fighter, too.
They performed emergency surgery on him – and he survived the two-hour procedure. It took 25 staples to close the gash on his neck.
"It was touch-and-go for a while," Doctor Sarah Hilario said in a release. "We didn't know if he would actually survive the extensive surgery needed to treat his injuries."
Best of all, Perry had a microchip, so they could track down the owners. He's now at home, resting and doing well, doctors say.
And his family has quite the story to tell.
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