Last updated: January 13. 2014 11:25PM - 1779 Views
By - tkellar@civitasmedia.com



Duchess, a 7-year-old mixed breed, was struck by a car last week on Coal Street.
Duchess, a 7-year-old mixed breed, was struck by a car last week on Coal Street.
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The SPCA is accepting donations for Duchess’s medical bills, as well as other general donations. Donations can be made at www.spcaluzernecounty.org, or by phone or in person. Those wishing to donate directly to benefit Duchess are asked to include a note saying “For Duchess” with their donation.



WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County SPCA also is raising funds to help a dog that was hit on Coal Street last week.


Members of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department were making way down Coal Street on Wednesday after responding to a call. They found a dog lying in the roadway that had been struck by a vehicle.


Peggy Nork, development director for the SPCA of Luzerne County, said the dog, a 7-year-old beagle mix named Duchess, was taken to the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains Township. The owner was identified and referred to the SPCA.


“The owner then contacted us, and we met with her at where she resided and she signed a document to sign the animal over to our care,” Nork said. With that legal document, Nork said the SPCA is then able to make decisions for the well-being of the animal.


Nork declined to identify the owner due to confidentiality.


Duchess suffered a “significant break” in her right shoulder, Nork said. After the dog received a cast and was made comfortable, Nork said, it was determined on Friday morning that surgery would be needed


“There was concern of what other injuries may exist that they weren’t seeing,” Nork said.


Cindy Starke, shelter manager for the SPCA of Luzerne County, authorized further treatment for Duchess. Duchess was in surgery for almost three hours, but Starke said it seemed that the surgery was a success.


The dog is not yet ready to be released.


Starke noted that because Duchess was hit by a car “there could be all kinds of things going on” with the her health. If the dog’s injury was as simple as a break, Nork said, it would have been directly in the SPCA’s care.


Duchess remains at the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital while the SPCA is able to make decisions on the dog’s health.


“Right now, she’s in our responsibility,” Nork said. “Our goal right now is to care for the animal and get her healthy, and we’ll determine after she’s healthy what will happen to her next.”


Members of the Southern Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch and the Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties Lost DOG Project USA also are raising funds for Duchess.

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