Dog Hit by Car Available for Adoption

A dog suffering from broken bones after apparently being hit by a car is now on the mend and ready for adoption at County Animal Services.

A good Samaritan discovered the injured dog in San Diego on Jan. 25 and took her to an emergency veterinary clinic. The 1-year-old blue pit bull was found suffering from fractures in two bones in her right rear leg and two more in her right front leg.

County Animal Services picked up the dog from the clinic and made arrangements to use its all-public-donation Spirit Fund for surgery at a specialist. She had surgery on Feb. 3 and an 8-inch plate was put in the right, rear leg. Veterinarians say the front fractures will heal nicely with bed rest.

Supervising Animal Care Attendant Lori Hite and Marnie.

The dog, named Marnie, is now recovering at the County’s animal care facility on Gaines Street in San Diego. She still needs four to six weeks of bed rest, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

“We’re looking for a home with someone who can help her convalesce and provide a lifetime of love and the attention,” said County Animal Services Deputy Director Laurie Joniaux. “She’s a very sweet dog and deserves the best.”

County Animal Services is now taking special adoption applications. Potential adopters can fill out the applications online. They can be dropped off at any of the three shelters, mailed or faxed to (619) 767-2706. The deadline for submittal is Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

County Animal Services will review the applications and the top three candidates will be contacted the following day on Wednesday, Feb. 15. They’ll get a chance to meet Marnie and from there, County Animal Services will have a drawing to pick the lucky winner.

Marnie is just one of dozens of animals that have received help from the Spirit Fund for their special medical needs. If you’d like to donate to the fund, visit County Animal Services website.


Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact