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Otis The Hobbled Hound Recovers From Surgery

January 10, 2014, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

Otis The Hobbled Hound Recovers From Surgery
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A dog seriously hurt when he was struck by a car is on the mend at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, thanks to your generosity.  We first told you about Otis's ordeal one week ago.   Since then, Otis underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a hernia.  The operation was paid for through donations from a caring community.

Otis is sporting a shaved belly following his successful hernia surgery.

"Which was about a five-inch tear in his diaphragm, which allowed some of his intestines to be up in his chest cavity, so that is obviously is going to affect his breathing and his heart function," Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Business Manager Julia Hoefert said.

This hobbled hound isn't out of the woods just yet.  He faces more surgery to repair a pelvis and thigh bone fractured when Otis was struck by a car.  Otis will likely lose his hind leg, but he should be spry as ever.

"Being a rear leg is actually a bit of a good thing as opposed to a front leg because there's more weight on the front legs than the rear," Hoefert said.

Otis's youth makes him a very resilient dog.  And this pup has a lot more pep since his surgery.

"The fact that he's been somewhat oxygen-deprived for this month that he's had this injury so this is him on full breath, right," Hoefert said.

Animal lovers have donated hundreds of dollars to pay for Otis's surgeries.

"A lot of calls.  People inquiring; he's been quite the star," Hoefert said.

When you're a pooch recovering from surgery, the command to "heel" takes on a whole new meaning.

When Otis's story first ran on KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com, donors contributed nearly $1,700 for his surgeries. 

Otis still has some more healing to do before he goes under the knife for a second time.

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