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A Lasqueti Island dog is recovering after having one leg amputated following a cougar attack two weeks ago.
Ceaser’s owner, Diana Morrissey, says on a GoFundMe page that the Presa-Canario/Pitbull cross went out for his morning run at 6:00 am on October 16 but did not immediately return home.
The dog finally came back at 7:30 a.m. where Morrissey says he laid down on the floor and she immediately saw a pool of blood beneath him.
When Ceaser was rolled over, Morrissey discovered a large piece of flesh on his back right leg had been torn off.
Morrissey says after a one-hour ferry ride to French Creek, a veterinary hospital in Parksville refused to help.
Ceaser was then taken to Applecross Veterinary Hospital in Nanaimo where Dr. Julie Lamb was able to stabilize him and assess the injury.
On Oct.18, the leg was amputated.
While Ceaser has returned home, Morrissey says has 30 days to pay a $3713 veterinary bill.
A GoFundMe page was started six days ago to help pay for those costs.