September 07, 2012 11:33 ET

Pet Community Comes Together to Help Roscoe the Puppy Get Necessary Surgery

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2012) -

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From the community of Smithers, B.C. to the CEO of Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, the pet community is coming together to help a six-month-old puppy named Roscoe get the surgery he needs. Thanks to their intervention, Roscoe is scheduled for long-awaited surgery on Friday, September 7.

Roscoe was fortunate to come to the attention of the Northwest Animal Shelter in Smithers, B.C. after he was found wandering with what appeared to be a broken leg. Roscoe's owners weren't able to pay for the veterinary care he needed, so they surrendered him to the shelter.

The Northwest Animal Shelter fundraised to transport Roscoe to the Vancouver Animal Control Shelter for a chance at adoption and medical treatment.

The Vancouver Animal Control Shelter welcomed Roscoe and determined his leg was damaged in his first two weeks of life. The time to correct it had passed and the best option was to make him a "tripod" dog. Dogs with three legs can still enjoy a happy, fulfilled life like any other four-legged dog.

"We knew Roscoe needed surgery, but we have a responsibility to care for many animals entering our care and we couldn't dedicate the funds necessary," said Sarah Hicks, Manager of Animal Control in Vancouver. "We were ecstatic when we heard that Petsecure's CEO had heard about Roscoe and wanted to help."

Petsecure is a pet health insurance company based out of Winnipeg, that is passionate about the health and well-being of animals. CEO Glenn Williams, heard Roscoe's story and agreed to cover the more than $2,000 surgery.

"The best part of my job is hearing the success stories from pet parents who are able to get their pets the care they need to overcome injury or disease," said Williams. "Occasionally we see a case like Roscoe's where action from us can turn his story from a tragedy to a victory."

Hicks says the surgery is expected to go well, though we won't know for sure until Friday afternoon. "One thing was certain: without surgery, Roscoe would have been in constant discomfort and pain. Going without the surgery simply was not an option," she said.

Roscoe will not only get the surgery he needs, he has also found a permanent home. A family has committed to adopt the puppy and will take him home after he recovers.

Roscoe will be available for photos and videos on request. Please contact Sarah Hicks to learn more.

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