Strangers donate online to help injured Spokane pug



Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 9:58 AM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--A local woman said she was desperate after her dog lost an eye to a gruesome injury in April, but was helped by strangers over the internet.

The Spokane dog owner said she knew something was wrong with her six-year-old pug in a matter of seconds but she said she had no idea the next 48 hours would be the hardest moments of her life.

Kim Libey said her dogs were rough housing like normal when Franky the pug got seriously hurt.

“I didn't notice right away what had happened and soon as I noticed his eyeball was literally out of the socket,” said Libey.

Libey rushed her dog to the emergency vet by her house in Spokane. The veterinarians told her Franky needed eye-removal surgery. That surgery would have cost $1,000. Libey said she did not have that money and the veterinarian asked her to leave.

“I carried Franky all the way home in the car. You could tell he was in pain and kept shaking his head,” said Libey.

Libey tried calling Pet Savers in the Spokane Valley next. The veterinary clinic said there was a 50/50 shot they could save Franky with surgery and the clinic said they would find a way to pay for it. The staff at Pet Savers took a shot at help on Facebook.


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“Within the hour we had phones ringing off the hook. We had people donating money left and right,” said Stephanie Napier with Pet Savers.

It only took the clinic one hour to reach the total surgery cost. They even received extra in donations.

“I thank God. If it wasn't for those people...I wouldn't have Franky today,” said Libey. “I'm glad I got him back. One eye or not. It's still my little Frank.”