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Mick's Story  
Thanks to Karen Neely, High Sierra Animal Rescue
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One such “special need” is Mick, a blue tick hound, recently brought over from the Plumas County Animal Services after he was rescued in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Mick was found starving and injured in a remote area of the Lakes Basin by Mike Grossman and John Soracco while quad riding. “We came around the corner and here was this dog hobbling along on three legs,” said Grossman. “We thought he’d been up there about a month, by the looks of him, but he didn’t look like he had more than a few days left in him.” After they coaxed the dog onto the back of one of the quads using a granola bar, they slowly made their way down the hill. According to Plumas County Animal Services supervisor Melissa Bishop, Mick was “a skeleton with fur” when he arrived at the county shelter in early December.
By the time Mick arrived at High Sierra Animal Rescue on
January 6, 2009, he weighed 60 pounds. Mick was taken to Veterinary Specialists of Nevada in Reno on January 7th where it was determined
that his leg had most likely been caught in some type of animal trap.
Not only was there severe damage to the ligaments, but an infection in
the bone as well In order to regain the use of his leg Mick would need
surgery to fuse his ankle. The surgery to fuse his ankle, however, could not take place until the infection was under control so Mick was put on high-dose antibiotics and scheduled for a recheck on January 26th. The recheck showed that the infection was under control, Mick had gained
12 pounds (weighing in at a wonderful 72 lbs) and surgery was performed on January 27th. Not only was Mick’s ankle fused but also Dr. Schroeder of Veterinary Specialist of Nevada had to clean up a lot of bone fragments in the ankle first. Mick’s recovery will be a long process involving weekly visits to the veterinary hospital in Reno for bandage changes and check-ups.


"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
Immanuel Kant, (1724 - 1804) German Philosopher,Ethicist.