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Update: Community donations pay for cost of Radar's rescue

April 18th, 2014 1:37 pm by Kristen Swing

Update: Community donations pay for cost of Radar's rescue

Radar on Thursday afternoon shortly before being released from the Jonesborough Animal Hospital (Kristen Swing/Johnson City Press)

A staff member at the Jonesborough Animal Hospital has reported that public donations of more than $1,000 have completely covered the bill for rescued pup Radar's surgery earlier this week.

Donations were pouring in at the Jonesborough Animal Hospital after a
front-page story in the Johnson City Press on Friday told the tale of a
good Samaritan who rescued an injured pup in Bluff City.

After being found with a broken leg
in Mike and Wanda Phillips’ front yard on April 11, Radar has had a
whirlwind week that includes visits to two area veterinarians and
surgery on a bad break in the terrier’s right front leg.

The
Phillips’ neighbor took Radar to get medical attention for his injury
despite what turned out to be a $1,500 bill for the care of an animal
she had never met before that fateful day.

“She came over to see
him. The dog started wagging its tail,” Wanda said. “She seen its leg
and she went all to pieces. She said, ‘I’m taking it on to get help.
It’s not going to lay here in pain.’”

Radar was released from the
Jonesborough Animal Hospital on Thursday afternoon into the care of the
Good Samaritan, who at least for now, has garnered another pet at her
home.

It remains unclear whether the woman, who declined to be
named or interviewed for the Press’ story, will keep Radar or find him a
suitable home.

What has come into focus is the public’s desire to reward the good Samaritan’s actions through donations toward Radar’s medical bills.

When contacted shortly after lunchtime Friday, staff at the facility reported an onslaught of calls regarding Radar’s bill and well-being. More than $400 in donations had been processed through credit card donations over the phone by that time and several more people had called to say they were sending checks through the mail, one staff member said.

By 3 p.m., the cost of the surgery had been covered through donations from the public, staff said.

Any donations that come via mailed checks in the coming days will go toward Radar’s follow-up care related to the original injury or put toward the treatment of another animal in need, a staff member said.

Radar, meanwhile, is reportedly is doing well after leaving the hospital late Thursday afternoon.

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Earlier Report:

Donations were pouring in at the Jonesborough Animal Hospital after a front-page story in the Johnson City Press on Friday told the tale of a good Samaritan who rescued an injured pup in Bluff City.

After being found with a broken leg in Mike and Wanda Phillips’ front yard on April 11, Radar has had a whirlwind week that includes visits to two area veterinarians and surgery on a bad break in the terrier’s right front leg.

The Phillips’ neighbor took Radar to get medical attention for his injury despite what turned out to be a $1,500 bill for the care of an animal she had never met before that fateful day.

“She came over to see him. The dog started wagging its tail,” Wanda said. “She seen its leg and she went all to pieces. She said, ‘I’m taking it on to get help. It’s not going to lay here in pain.’”

Radar was released from the Jonesborough Animal Hospital on Thursday afternoon into the care of the Good Samaritan, who at least for now, has garnered another pet at her home.

It remains unclear whether the woman, who declined to be named or interviewed for the Press’ story, will keep Radar or find him a suitable home.

What has come into focus is the public’s desire to reward the Good Samaritan’s actions through donations toward Radar’s medical bills.

When contacted shortly after lunch time on Friday, staff at the facility reported an onslaught of calls regarding Radar’s bill and well-being.

More than $400 in donations had been processed through credit card donations over the phone by that time and several more people had called to say they were sending checks through the mail, one staff member said.

To donate to Radar’s medical bills, call the Jonesborough Animal Hospital at 753-5868.

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