Chance the puppy finds new home

Dog suffered 3 broken legs after being thrown from moving vehicle

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COCOA, Fla. - Chance, a high-energy puppy who is recovering from three broken legs, was adopted Thursday by an Apopka woman, said Eileen Cole, Central Brevard Humane Society spokeswoman.

Somebody threw Chance from a moving vehicle in April in Cocoa, crippling him. Months of surgeries and recuperation followed, and the 8-month-old American Staffordshire terrier successfully underwent his fifth operation Thursday to remove a bone fragment from his right rear leg.

"Our veterinarian said that for the rest of his life, he can't be too active. He'll have really bad arthritis most likely, because of all the breaks and fractures he suffered in his legs," Trager said.  "As he gets older, he'll be in pain. So he'll have to be on medication."

Trager described Chance as "absolutely full of energy."

Purrs and Whiskers Shelter, a Melbourne animal rescue group, raised $5,925 through Sunday to cover Chance's medical bills. Jeff Godwin, a veterinarian at Animal Medical Clinic in Melbourne, performed four of his surgeries.

"We did the elbow first, and then the next day we did the hind leg and put a cast on his left front leg," Godwin said. "Honestly, it was questionable whether or not we should try to fix him. He had really serious injuries.

"All throughout the entire thing, he's been a real trooper, wagging his tail happy to be alive. A real success story."

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