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Fort Wayne family helps puppy with two broken legs, raising money for surgery

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne family’s quest to save the life of a 14-week-old English Bulldog puppy is moving forward thanks to the help of social media.

Earlier this month, Rose Melnkovic says she was at work when she heard about a puppy with broken legs.

The little guy named Tank took a tumble down some stairs and broke his front legs.

The family couldn’t afford the bill to get him the care he needed, so they were about to put him down.

That’s when Melnkovic stepped in and offered to help.

A veterinarian at Indian Creek Veterinary Hospital was able to put screws in each fractured elbow, but after about a week, it was clear the surgery wasn’t going to work.

The vet informed Melnkovic that Tank would need to go undergo orthopedic surgery to have metal rods put in each elbow, and that this kind of surgery is beyond local expertise.

A simple cast wouldn’t be enough –the poor guy would have extreme arthritis by the time he turned 2, and he might not be able to walk.

This big surgery comes with a big price tag, but the Melnkovic family wants to give Tank the best shot at a normal life.

That’s why they created a GoFundMe account to raise the $6,000 they need to make it happen. The family has raised more than half their goal.

Tank will have to go to an orthopedic surgeon in Fishers to go through another surgery, with an expected recovery time of 8-10 weeks.

The little guy will probably have to be sedated the entire time, and will need round-the-clock care.

On Thursday, the family of four with another baby on the way decided to hand over Tank after the surgery to a bulldog rescue outfit in Louisville, Kentucky who will be able to better care for him.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank everyone for every kind word, prayer, positive vibe, and piece of advice we have received. This was a big learning experience for my husband and I. At first we felt awful because we felt like we had failed him, but now we realize that God just has bigger plans for him,” Melnkovic wrote on GoFundMe Thursday.

So far, 93 people have helped raise about $3,465 as of noon on Friday, Aug. 30.

If you’d like to donate to help Tank, you can click here for the GoFundMe link.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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