Animal shelter holding on to injured dog amid concerns about owner

Animal shelter holding on to injured dog amid concerns about owner
Rodger's foot was badly injured when Alicia found him.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Multnomah County Animal Services is holding on to a dog recovering from surgery after a Portland woman who found him seriously injured was upset the shelter was going to give him back to his owner, who is homeless.

The dog, named Rodger, was so badly injured that his leg had to be amputated.

Alicia, who didn’t want to give her last name, called KATU after Rodger’s owner claimed him. She’s worried about the dog getting hurt again.

“I found the dog wandering around work, but he was real skittish,” she said. “Eventually I was able to corner him. I realized when I got up to him that he was missing most of his foot and blood was everywhere.”

Alicia said she found Rodger abandoned last week. She took him to DoveLewis Animal Hospital for treatment.

“They told us right away he was going to lose his whole leg. It was literally the whole leg was down to ligaments, muscles. You could see it all,” said Alicia.

Rodger went to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter after surgery. Alicia’s friend was set up to adopt him, but a staff member recognized Rodger from a previous visit and contacted the owner. On Saturday, a shelter supervisor told KATU that even though Rodger was badly hurt, there’s no evidence that the owner intentionally hurt the dog.

Sunday, a shelter spokesperson said they plan to hold on to Rodger and investigate further. The owner was scheduled to pick up Rodger on Sunday. Alicia believes the owner is homeless and can't properly care for the dog.

“I’m a big pet lover so this is actually really hard for me,” she said. “I think about it every single day, and checked the shelter every single day, and called the hospital every single day. So it’s just really disappointing to see that he might not make it in the end.”

KATU's Erica Nochlin contributed to this story.

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