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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Will Rogers students, SPAR, rally to save injured puppy

  • A puppy that was injured after being hit by a car Wednesday morning at Will Rogers School has captured the hearts of students and staff there, who have helped raised money for her care.


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  • A puppy that was injured after being hit by a car Wednesday morning at Will Rogers School has captured the hearts of students and staff there, who have helped raised money for her care.
    The dog, who is still recuperating from an all-day surgery on Friday, is in the care of SPAR — Saving Pets At Risk.
    Sherry Claybrook with SPAR said the dog was taken to a surgery center Friday, where veterinarians operated for a broken pelvis, among other injuries from the accident. The female puppy was going to be closely monitored over the weekend for what will likely be a long recovery.
    “She’s very even-tempered and very sweet,” Claybrook said about the puppy, which is believed to be about six months old.
    Jessica Cole, who works at substitute teacher at Will Rogers Elementary, said the dog was hit by a vehicle on Union Street Thursday morning and many of the students saw it happen.
    Shawnee Animal Control was called to the scene and the injured dog was taken to the shelter, then rescued by SPAR so she could begin receiving immediate care.
    Students began collecting donations that day to help the dog with vet bills, and a fund raiser as planned at the school on Friday by holding a “Wear a hat” day. Students and staff on Friday raised $1,047, Cole said.
    Claybrook, who said surgery and treatment will cost at least $3,200, said the students’ fundraiser, along with other private donations, have been made to help this puppy recover.
    Although she has been called “Bailey” for now, Claybrook said she thinks there’s going to be a contest to name the rescued pooch.
    Cole said the students have been concerned for the puppy.
    “The kids have all been asking about the dog,” she said, and have learned about helping others. “This turned out to be a good lesson.”
    Claybrook agreed.
    “We need to be kind to our furry friends,” she said, “and we need to teach our children to be kind to animals.”
    Claybrook was thrilled about the students’ financial contribution to help SPAR with this puppy and said SPAR could still use help, so no donation is too small.
    To help, or get more information on SPAR, go to: www.sparshawnee.org.