Rosie was surrendered to a high-kill shelter in Kansas by her previous owner who claimed her leg had a genetic defect. Upon the shelter’s medical examination, it was discovered Rosie’s left front leg was actually broken right above her ankle joint. The shelter decided to put Rosie on their euthanize list because the break would be hard to repair and Rosie exhibited slight aggressive behavior during examination.

When Bailey happened upon Rosie’s shelter picture the day she was set to be killed, she went to adopt Rosie and assumed all medical responsibility. Bailey wrote The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), “Looking at her picture I just had to take a chance. I rescued her from “death row” to discover a sweet and loving dog hiding under the fear. She is a little shy at first but after a few minutes she is all about loving and playing. She deserves a second chance.”

Bailey took Rosie to her veterinarian, who told her the broken bones had moved and were overlapping, causing the leg muscles to become constricted. To help Bailey with the cost of repairing Rosie’s leg, ISF provided her with a Medical Emergency Grant.

A pin was inserted into Rosie’s leg to help the leg realign. Rosie was then fitted with a cast and given medication to help with her pain. Rosie would need her cast changed several times, as her leg was re-radiographed to help it heal. During her healing process, she developed sore spots around her cast, which were monitored during her weekly vet visits.

As Rosie began to heal, her fear subsided. Bailey told ISF, “The little bit of aggressive behavior that Rosie exhibited at the shelter is completely gone. She loves her environment, her housemates and looks forward to any interaction she has with us.”

Rosie’s rehabilitation took longer than anyone expected. She developed calcium bridges on both sides of her bone and needed five different cast changes to heal her leg. In December of 2014, six months after her rescue, Rosie was finally able to have her last cast removed. After the removal, Rosie began her rehabilitation by swimming every day to restore her leg muscle. Now completely healed, Rosie will spend the remainder of her life with Bailey and her parents. 


Written by Veronica Hampton

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