As cyclone weary residents across the Douglas Shire brace themselves for more wild weather, community spirit has shone through to save one very lucky and much-loved pooch.
Four-month-old pup, “Dotti” was run over by a car at Wujal Wujal after she fell asleep under the vehicle last Friday night.
Her owner was forced to evacuate their home in the wake of Cyclone Jasper and still hasn’t been able to return to the house.
A distressed call for help from the Wujal Wujal CEO to Douglas Shire Mayor, Michael Kerr kickstarted an extraordinary helicopter rescue operation.
“Port Douglas Vets provided painkillers and sedatives, so we were able to pick Dotti up during a resupply run shortly after the accident,” Mayor Kerr said.
“It was touch and go for Dotti who’d suffered a severe fracture to one of her legs.”
Yesterday Port Douglas Vets successfully operated on the puppy, inserting a rod and pins to support her broken leg which will be paid for by Paws and Claws Port Douglas through community donations.
“I can’t thank the Paws and Claws team enough for the incredible work they do to save and protect animals in our region,” Mayor Kerr said.
“It’s a testament to our community’s generosity that Dotti’s $6,000 medical bill will be covered by donations.”
Dotti is expected to make a full recovery after a few months of rest at the Paws and Claws Shelter before being returned to her owner and community.