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Dog thrown in creek to have operation Tuesday

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A dog that was tied up and thrown into the Swatara Creek near Middletown has an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon Tuesday.

"Lady" will undergo an operation for a dislocated hip, an injury police believe her owner inflicted three to four weeks before he left her to die in Lower Swatara Township.

"They're going to operate on her hip and put her hip back in place," said Jason O'Donell, a construction worker who rescued Lady from the creek. "After that is taken care of, after she's better, I can finally adopt her then."

Police plan to file charges against Lady's former owner, Lamont Harris. They believe he is responsible for the hip injury and the deep cuts where Lady was bound.

"It will be two counts of animal cruelty," Lower Swatara Det. Ryan Gartland said. "They're both misdemeanors of the first degree and he could face up to a $1,000 fine and no more than two years in jail, and he'll be ordered to undergo a mental evaluation."

Police believe Harris is in New York with family. Authorities said he was identified as Lady's owner through her microchip.

A  fund has been set up to raise money for Lady's surgery and other expenses. To make a donation, contact the Harrisburg Area Animal Hospital (www.haahonline.com).

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