“We’re very hopeful,” said Arrow Fund president and founder Rebecca Eaves, after 10-month-old Banjo was able to eat a little on his own Wednesday afternoon.
“That’s amazing,” she said of the progress in such a short time after Tuesday’s multiple surgeries at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in Louisville.
Banjo’s jaw and tongue were significantly repaired after dead bone was removed and an acrylic splint, stitches and wires were used, according to the Arrow Fund. Not all of the injuries could be fixed.
In about four weeks, the plate will have to be removed, Eaves said. There is still a danger of infection.
Banjo now legally belongs to the Arrow Fund so the extensive medical treatment could occur, Eaves said. The group will continue to provide care until he is well. He’ll be moved to a foster home and eventually he’ll be available for adoption.
Foul play is suspected in Banjo’s injuries, according to the Arrow Fund, which accepts donations to care for horribly injured animals. The injuries were thought to have occurred Saturday and Banjo was found in Hazard Saturday night, Eaves said. Arrow Fund was asked to take him. Not long after he arrived in Louisville, the surgeries were under way.
Tammy Noble, chairwoman of board of the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter, has collected $800 from other animal rights activists and groups as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the abuse. The person will receive $400 for the arrest and another $400 if that person is convicted, Noble said.
“The only way to protect these animals is for people to come forward and speak up, because the animals can’t speak for themselves,” Noble said. “You cannot turn a blind eye.”