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Local business donates money for care of injured dog

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Courtesy: Speranza Animal Rescue Courtesy: Speranza Animal Rescue
Courtesy: Lancaster SPCA Courtesy: Lancaster SPCA
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg-area business has agreed to donate funds toward potentially lifesaving treatment for an injured dog found in Manheim Township last week.

This morning Zeus, who is being cared for by Mechanicsburg-based Speranza Animal Rescue, took a turn for the worse and began bleeding internally. Speranza volunteer Gina Christensen said that the rescue did not have the money to pay for the CAT scan needed to determine where the bleeding was coming from.

"Please if [you] can help with his cost of treatment please consider," the rescue wrote on their Facebook page. "Without further testing he will not make it."

The rescue announced on Facebook around 12 p.m. that it had found a veterinarian who would allow the rescue to pay for the treatment with a payment plan. The rescue originally said all surgical centers they contacted needed the money up front.

Wednesday afternoon the president of Faulkner Subaru, Matt Smith, committed to donating $3,000 toward Zeus's medical bills.

Christensen said she's extremely grateful.

"Oh my gosh, if I could even put it into words, I'm not sure that there would be enough words to describe [how grateful we are]," she said.

Smith said he knows money isn't always easily accessible to animal rescues. When he told Speranza President Janine Guido about the donation, it brought her to tears.

"I was just at work and saw [the story] and said, 'If we can help out, let's do it," Smith said. "It's just something that we back and support in our community and thought it was a good thing to support."

Smith said once Zeus has recovered they would also like to feature the dog in one of their commercials. In each of their ads the company features a pet that is up for adoption.

But it's not just the large donations that matter said Christensen.

"We appreciate every little bit," she said.

This afternoon, Zeus was taken to Ronald O. Schueler's office in Westminster, Md. for treatment. At the time of his arrival, Zeus was too sick to get a scan and needed a blood transfusion before he could be well enough to do so.

Christensen said Zeus's blood count was 12 percent of what it should be and there was concern that he could be going into septic shock.

"Right now he's in dire straights," she said.

So far, Schueler's office said initial care for Zeus will be about $5,000 but that number could rise.

Speranz has been caring for the dog since he was found in Manheim Township, Lancaster County last Tuesday. Police initially thought the dog may have been shot in a nearby wooded area, but a Stefanie Zimmerman, manager of VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital, said the pit bull was struck by a car.

The Lancaster SPCA took care of Zeus's initial care before he was handed over to Speranza. He had crushed bones in his head as well as sinus cavity damage and severe damage to his left eye.

Donations to Zeus's care can be made through Speranza's website, http://speranzarescue.webs.com/

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