A five-year-old beagle is in need of surgery. The Humane Society of the TN Valley is asking for donations.


(WBIR - Knoxville) A deadly and dangerous trap caught a wandering beagle and now that dog needs help.

Sandy Madison, a five-year-old beagle, is missing one of her feet after getting caught in a trap in upper East Tennessee.

"This animal didn't deserve what's happened to her. She's a sweet little dog. She was just walking through the forest having a good day and then suddenly she was in such great pain," said Dr. Patrick Hackett, a veterinarian for Pellissippi Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Hackett said Sandy's leg was caught in an older style steal trap that closed once the beagle stepped on it. He said that type of trap snaps onto the leg with great force. For Sandy, the trap caused significant damage.

"The [foot] bones were crushed and the tissue was damaged beyond repair," Dr. Hackett explained.

Sandy is one of a few dogs found recently in a leg-hold trap in upper East Tennessee and it's believed someone is intentionally setting the traps that's causing life-threatening injuries for animals.

"We live in an age when they make humane traps and to know that someone is still using something as archaic as that is just very devastating," said Amber Mullins with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

Fortunately, Sandy was found just in time and after necessary surgery she'll once again live a happy life.

"She'll run. She'll play. She'll enjoy a nice life. It certainly won't be as great as it would have been if she would have had all four limbs, but she will enjoy life," said Dr. Hackett.

Sandy's surgery, which is scheduled for early next week, will cost about $500. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is asking for donations. For more information go to http://humanesocietytennessee.com/.

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