SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (02/13/2018) The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri has helped to nurse hundreds of sick and injured animals back to health. They are currently trying to do that with 12-week-old, Tinker, who is in the process of recovering from a brutal attack.
The Chihuahua-Terrier mix puppy was brought to the Humane Society last week after she required immediate medical attention due to severe injuries.
"Tinker needed emergency surgery. She had been attacked by a larger dog, and her left eye needed to be removed," said Sally Nail, the Director of Administrative Operations with the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.
The attack left Tinker in shock and without one of her eyes, however, the resilient puppy is now on the mend.
"We came in today and she was definitely a much happier dog today, her ears were up in a different sense and her tail was up and she wasn't scared," said Nail.
The Humane Society says that while Tinker's story is sad, it's not uncommon, as they spend almost $5,000 every month on animals needing emergency medical help.
"This is almost daily for us to see things like this, maybe not to this extent, but it is very common for us to see emergency surgeries," said Nail.
While Tinker is currently continuing her journey to health, she's capturing hearts along the way as those at the shelter and in the community have already fallen in love.
"She just loves to snuggle. You just get a hold of her and she just snuggles right in."
Tinker will be kept in foster care for a while longer to make sure she has a full recovery. The shelter said that her adoption will take place after she's healthy on a first come, first serve basis to those who qualify. To find out how you can help Tinker or her other furry friends, click here.