Foster family welcomes dog impaled by branch

Pictured is a current photo of a dog named Louis who was brought to the Charleston Animal Society in early May after the Staffordshire terrier mix was found impaled by a branch and dangling from a tree on Wadmalaw Island. (CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY/PROVIDED)

A dog who was critically injured after being impaled by a tree limb on Wadmalaw Island was placed in a foster family Wednesday, according to the Charleston Animal Society.

An area resident who heard the dog’s barking found the Staffordshire terrier mix named Louis dangling from a tree near a marsh, and Animal Society workers started caring for him May 4. The dog likely had chased an animal up the tree before slipping and falling on the branch.

In the days since then, Dr. Henri Bianucci of Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant has overseen treatment of the dog’s wounds that included hyperbaric oxygen therapy and several surgeries, the Animal Society said Wednesday.

“After all the care and attention, Louis is now enjoying spending time outdoors in the sun, wagging his tail and lifting his paw for belly rubs and greeting kennel mates,” Bianucci said in the statement.

When he was found, Louis had a microchip, and his owner later came forward.

But Pearl Sutton, the Animal Society’s senior director of animal services, said the owner decided to put him up for adoption after learning of the extent of treatment he would need.

“She felt that the extensive care after his surgeries and during his heartworm treatment was more than she could do for him,” Sutton said.

Other officials said donations to Toby’s Fund, which covers medical bills for animals like Louis, helped avoid euthanasia for the pup.

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