Amarillo, TX - An alleged case of animal cruelty has left a dog without the ability to use his back legs.
Animal Control said a German Shepard mix was found struggling to survive at Grand and I-40.
The condition of the dog remains in the hands of our community.
Animal Control said usually when finding a dog on the side of the road who has been abandoned and injured, they take it to the vet to be put down.
However, with Mack's young age, officers decided to give him a chance.
Brittainy Hall, an Animal Control officer said Mack appeared that he had been hit by a car and was leaning heavy on his back side.
"He could get up, he couldn't try to run away, he was trying to drag himself around, he kind of just crawled up into my lap and my heart kind of melted," Hall said. "He deserves a chance and he's super young, he's only 10 months old, so usually adult dogs we see that get hit by cars most of the time, it's something we can't fix."
Officials said Mack will need surgery to fix a slipped disc in his spine, which is preventing him from using his back legs.
They also said they are unsure of how much longer he can withstand the pain.
Sarah Viera, a Veterinarian, said she has seen some improvements in Mack.
"We've corrected some of the injuries and the cuts and scrapes that he's had, he's also eating and drinking for us now, and his attitude has improved a lot," Viera said. "So that gives us hope. I mean he's feeling better, but as far as his back legs, he definitely does need his surgery."
Viera also said with the surgery, Mack is expected to make a full recovery, and can eventually be adopted.
"Oh he's a sweetheart, he's a very sweet boy, he lets us do whatever we need to do with him, even when he's in pain and we know he is," Viera said.
The Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society has agreed to raise funds to help save Mack's life.
They said the surgery was estimated at $5,000 but could increase with further treatments.
Jena McFall, Executive Director at APHS, said they've received about 25 percent of the money needed to fund Mack's surgery.
"That will include the surgery, the transport, taking care of him while he's in foster care after his rehabilitation, and then after all of that's over he'll be available for adoption.," McFall said.
She also adds tat donations are open until Monday before a decision on Mack's surgery is made, however officials are confident.
"We will fund the surgery one way or another, we will," McFall said.
If you'd like to make a donation you can call the Amarillo Panhandle Humane Society at (806) 373-1716, or visit the office at 3501 S. Osage.