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GREENSBORO -- The dog found severely burned three weeks ago went to NC State Veterinary Center Monday to receive another surgery to repair his remaining good eye.
A volunteer who wished to remain anonymous transported "Toby" from the Guilford County Animal Shelter (GCAS) to NC State, where he will remain for at least two weeks post-surgery.
NC State veterinarians will conduct their own consultation, but Guilford County Animal Shelter executive director Marsha Williams said local veterinarians have said Toby needs skin grafts and a repairing of his left eyelid. Williams said the procedure Toby is expected to need has a 90 percent success rate.
Williams said, "He's doing so much better. Most of his skin has healed. Our main concern is his eye. Right now he has a membrane that can close over it. But, as he continues to heal and the skin starts to stretch, it's pulling his eye lid back."
A GCAS veterinarian removed Toby's right eye last week, because it was burned so badly it was irreparable. Williams said Toby's vision is good in his remaining eye, and the pending surgery will help him close it more comfortably.
Toby's surgery and stay at NC State is estimated to cost $10,000 to $15,000, according to Williams. She said already, the community has helped pool more than $10,000, but more donations will be needed for additional procedures.
"Without the support of the community we wouldn't be able to save him. In addition, we still haven't found out what happened to him or who did it, so we're asking that you call Crime Stoppers in Greensboro, if you have any information on what could have happened to Toby," Williams said.
The Crime Stoppers number is 336-373-1000.
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