“His leg was at a 90-degree angle from the ankle down,” Mustafa said. “I guess he was running and a car hit him from behind.”
Mustafa phoned the vet clinic where she takes her dog, Cookie, and managed to get a last-minute appointment. When the vet examined Bruckner, he had good news and bad news — the good part was that he could save Bruckner’s leg, but the bad part was that it would cost $5,500.
This was a lot of money for Mustafa, who is retired for disability reasons and has a young son to care for. So the clinic staff laid out other options. If the cost was too great, they suggested taking Bruckner to a local shelter — but Mustafa couldn’t do this.