Dog found on playground undergoes surgery, is expected to recover well

5:29 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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An injured dog found on a Claiborne County school playground is doing well after surgery to repair its leg.

Students at Tazewell - New Tazewell Primary School found the dog last week after it wandered out from bushes on the playground. The students named the dog TNT after the initials for their school and started raising money to help pay for the surgery to fix the dog's leg.

A Knoxville veterinarian heard about the story and decided to volunteer to help the dog for free.

"We thought it was something really special that all these kids were banding together. We also saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate to kids what veterinary medicine is all about. You know, it's our profession and we have to think about our future and we want more kids to think about going into veterinary medicine," said Mitch Rosenzweig, owner of the Animal Emergency Specialty Center.

TNT's prognosis is good. Dr. Rosenzweig says the dog may have a limp, but should recover well.

The dog will be sent back to the Claiborne County animal shelter where it will have an eight week recovery before it can be adopted.

At last check, the students had raised more than $1,500 for TNT's care. That money will now be given to the animal shelter.

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