After being hit by a 4WD back in April, things weren’t looking good for Bathurst man Ron Webb’s seven-year-old corgi-cattle dog Junior.
He was severely injured, with bleeding in the lungs, a unstable hip dislocation and he required stitching in the inside of his stomach.
However, four months on from his horrific injury, Junior is as friendly and energetic as he’s ever been.
Mr Webb said it’s been an amazing turnaround from his faithful friend.
“When he got hit at the car park, he made a terrible sound,” he said.
“I took him down to Durham Street Vet and the doctor there, Zoe, came out and helped him. She couldn’t pick him up because he was in so much pain, so she got some help.
“He was bleeding in the lungs and he had to be put on oxygen. She bandaged up his leg and had to stitch the inside of his stomach.”
Due to his unstable hip dislocation, Junior had to be treated with a femoral head and neck removal.
Mr Webb was kept busy with Junior’s recovery, needing to walk him twice a day to help improve his injured leg.
“If he keeps on walking, he’ll be alright,” he said.
However, Junior’s surgery wasn’t cheap.
But Mr Webb has had some assistance to help pay for his dog’s treatment.
The former Newtown President’s Cup rugby league footballer has had a helping hand from the Men of League Foundation, a charity that provides support to men, women and children from the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times.
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Mr Webb contacted Glen Boatswain, from Men of League, who was able to help him out with his veterinary bills.
“A big thank to Glen at Men of League and the vets that have helped him out, including Zoe,” he said.
It’s not the first time Mr Webb has been assisted by Men of League.
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In 2013, Mr Webb was gifted a second-hand Mazda, after he was unable to gain finances to fix his old Nissan Pintara.
Mr Webb was just 21 when a head-high tackle crushed his carotid artery, leaving him paralysed on one side.
Before his accident he played league for teams in Willoughby and Hornsby, as well as Newtown.