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Donations Needed To Fund Pup's Surgery To Correct Leg Birth Defect

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Meet Uncle Si, a friendly and playful pup who suffers from a deformities on his legs.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Meet Uncle Si, a friendly and playful pup who suffers from a deformities on his legs.

"He gets tired out and when he does he walks lower and lower like nearly army crawling, like a baby would do," said Charlene Beauchamp, a volunteer of West Texas Diamonds in the Ruff.

Beauchamp says Si was found by a oil field worker.

"The vet said that this one here is a little bit different than some of the other dogs that she had seen because it involves two joints, not just one," Beauchamp said.

According to Beauchamp, the pup's birth defect affect his wrist and elbow joints on both of his front legs.

"He has huge knuckling right here on these legs. This one right here he tends to walk lower on and he's got calluses and stuff that he's brought up on his legs," said Beauchamp.

Because Si is still a puppy, his birth defect can be corrected through surgery.

Something 4-year-old Tank wasn't able to receive in time since all of his bones had already been formed.

"If we had done the surgery, he had a 50/50 chance of the bone not healing properly and him being totally crippled," said Debbie Ellinger, vice preisdent of Pet Solutions Inc.

Tank's birth defect also forced his rib cage to be pushed out.

"It's causing him to be at an angle where his head goes down. And it's causing his stomach to push up into his ribs and it's putting pressure on his heart and his lungs and all his organs up in his rib cage," Ellinger said.

But Ellinger says tank gets by just fine.

"Even though he looks painful, he's not painful. So, right now at his age, it's really important to keep him exercised to support his bone structure," Ellinger said.

Beachchamp hopes to help give Uncle Si an easier life.

She says so far, nearly a thousand dollars have been raised to fund Si's surgery.

Donations to help with Uncle Si's surgery can be mailed to A to Z vet or online at http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/save-si/120196

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