Rescued dog, Zoe, gets a foster home at a farm

ContributedZoe, a rescued German shepherd, is shown playing in the snow with SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes at Zoe’s foster home in Butternuts on Monday, Nov. 25. 

Zoe, the German shepherd found with a missing leg in the town of Exeter, is thriving at her new foster home, according to Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

The dog made it safely through surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Haynes said in a media release last week. Doctors were able to safely remove a mass on her left side and amputate her leg, she said.

“It’s so great. She’s starting to look and act like a normal dog,” Haynes said Monday.

The dog is being fostered at a farm in Butternuts, Haynes said. She said the caregiver, who wishes to remain anonymous because of the high profile of the case, was highly recommended by Dr. Christine Schneider of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Group. Schneider assisted with the dog’s rescue on Nov. 14.

Zoe could be seen playing in the snow Monday in a photo sent by Haynes to The Daily Star. The person fostering the dog will likely adopt her, she said. The farm has another rescue animal, as well as goats and horses, Haynes said.

“He’s really spoiling her, which is so amazing,” Haynes said.

Zoe was believed to have chewed off her own leg for unknown reasons, Haynes said, and one of the suspected reasons was pain from bone cancer. The doctors believe Zoe’s mass may either be fatty tissue or a tumor, Haynes said. The SQSPCA is waiting for Cornell to call back with the results, she said.

The German shepherd’s health has improved since her rescue, Haynes said. She’s no longer anemic and is no longer described as having a heart murmur, Haynes said the Cornell doctors told her.

Since going public with Zoe’s case, there has been an outpouring of support, Haynes said. The SQSPCA received more than 130 donations for her, totaling more than $5,000. Donations came in from all over the country, and more than 25 people called the shelter saying they wanted to adopt Zoe from as far as Texas and Chicago, she said.

“She really made an impact on people,” Haynes said. “Hopefully she has raised some awareness that we have to treat animals better.”

State police charged Carl K. Pritchard, 59, of Exeter on Monday, Nov. 18, with the Agriculture and Markets Law violation of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor; and failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors, a violation.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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