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Lucky has surgery to fight an infection

After a weekend bout with fever, Lucky the dog underwent another round of surgery Monday morning.

The procedure performed by veterinarian Dr. Steve Osborne involved inserting latex tubes to drain excess fluid that built up after Osborne amputated Lucky's right front leg last week.

The fluid that accumulated around the shoulder was a prime breeding ground for bacteria and helped cause the infection that gave Lucky a pesky fever, which didn't respond to antibiotics, Osborne said.

The procedure is a common occurrence after a major surgery, and why he wouldn't declare Lucky fit for adoption until two weeks after the amputation, he added.

"Hopefully this will be the last big hurdle he will have to fight," he said.

Lucky's fever had dropped Monday, indicating the surgery was successful, Osborne said.

Lucky was found Feb. 22 in a trash bin with a mangled leg and duct-taped snout. Officials suspect he was used as bait for training pit bull fighters.

The reward fund to help find his abuser was up to $14,830 Monday.

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— Paul Huggins

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