MARQUETTE - Nero-Bob is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday in Appleton, Wisconsin, his owner Amanda Bertucci of Ishpeming reported this morning.
The 4-year-old husky mix may have to have more than one procedure to repair damage to his urethra and his leg sustained when he was missing earlier this month.
"They are going to regrow his urethra," Bertucci said. "They will try to find the split in it and put a catheter in. In three to seven days, they will know if the repair works."
Nero-Bob, the 4-year-old husky mix whose medical crisis has drawn the attention of the community, is scheduled to have surgery in Appleton, Wisconsin, Tuesday. He was injured when he went missing earlier this month. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The damage to the dog's leg may require what amounts to a skin graft, she said.
"We'll just have to see what happens,' Bertucci said.
Bertucci is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, which stepped up to help when it became known a $4,000 to $6,000 fee was going to be needed to get the dog on the road to recovery.
"I'm pretty sure he's the whole U.P.'s dog now, not just mine," Bertucci said. "And I am OK with that. I really can't thank everyone enough. I have to emphasize how great the women from Lost & Found Paws (of the U.P., a Facebook page) were. They did so much in helping with this."
A gofundme.com campaign was launched and in five days, ended up raising $7,455 to help Nero-Bob receive the additional help he needs. Nero-Bob has been receiving care at Bayshore Veterinary Hospital in Harvey, with Dr. Tracy Nyberg and the staff there striving to help the dog and the family.
"People have been so good. (Wednesday) after the article ran, a little couple walked 2 miles to Bayshore to bring in a donation," Bertucci said. "It's unreal."
Once Nero-Bob has recovered, Bertucci hopes to set up a "meet and greet" for people to come to see the dog whose life they helped to save. Any remainder of the money raised will be applied to after care and then put into an account that could help another dog in a state of emergency.
Bertucci said this Facebook post from Wednesday night expressed her emotions:
"Thank you for all the shares and prayers. And the donations. This is such an overwhelming situation. The support and love our family had received from loving people in our lives and strangers from our community is enough to take my breath away ... This also taught me to never doubt the strength of community and the power of positive thoughts and prayer. I will also try to repay such generosity throughout our community in any and every way I can."