La Crescent, MN (WXOW) -- An injured puppy is hoping for a new leash on life.
Jake.. a black lab collie mix... was dropped off just across the Wisconsin- Minnesota border at the La Crescent Animal Rescue when he was 3 months old.
He was adopted a few weeks later.. only to be returned last week.
His last family surrendered him after he was severely injured in a freak accident.
Now the shelter is hoping the public will come to Jake's rescue.
Even with a silly looking cone around his neck it's hard not to fall in love with Jake.
This lovable 9 month old lab-collie mix is all puppy.
"He just wants to be cuddled and loved and he wants to play like a puppy," said Karla Ronnenberg, the La Crescent Animal Shelter supervisor.
Jake is curious, energetic, and enjoys to a good game of fetch.
Amazing considering this pup is running on three legs.
Jake was riding in the back seat of his family's car when he stepped on the automatic window switch.
When the window rolled down, Jake fell out and was hit by an on-coming car.
"He has major nerve damage in that front left leg," Ronnenberg said.
Jake's leg is lame and needs to be amputated soon.
Unable to pay for the surgery, Jake's family surrendered him back to the shelter.
Now shelter volunteers like Karla are desperately seeking donations for Jake's medical care.
They have to pay for the surgery up front.
Jake is living with a foster family and is adapting to his injury.
He's on pain medication but is still in some pain.
Karla says the faster volunteers raise the money the better.
"It's heartbreaking to listen to that and it happens several times throughout the day," she said.
Karla would also like to find jake a new, permanent home.
"I absolutely feel he would do well with kids. He wants to play and he can play. A family that can take him for walks, just be with him, and take good care of him."
After he recovers from his surgery, vets expect Jake to live a long, happy life if he can find a family willing to welcome him home.
"I hope he gets a second chance," Ronnenberg said. "I hope there is someone out there that will want to give him a second chance because he's a great dog."
There's some good news to report.
La Crescent Animal Rescue says they've already exceeded their goal in raising money for Jake's surgery.
That surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday.
The shelter is still looking for families willing to adopt Jake.
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