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‘Miracle’ dog rescued from Detroit River doing “fantastic,” almost ready for adoption (PHOTOS)

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(WWJ) A little dog who was rescued after weathering four days of frigid temperatures on the Detroit River in February is doing “fantastic,” according to the Woodhaven Animal Shelter.

His struggle to survive earned him the name Miracle.

Update: Our precious Miracle is doing fantastic!! He had surgery this week at WAH. We were able to do a Penn Hip...

Posted by Woodhaven Animal Hospital on Saturday, March 6, 2021

“Our precious Miracle is doing fantastic!! He had surgery this week at WAH. We were able to do a Penn Hip Study, which confirmed that our little guy has hip dysplasia already,” a Facebook post from the shelter read Sunday, “Stem cells were harvested and implanted into his joints to protect him from pain and the horrible crippling bone deformity that happens to dogs with this disease.”

The stem cells are being frozen at a special lab in Kentucky so they can be used for further treatment, staff said.

Woodhaven Animal Hospital

He was also neutered.

“Through it all, he’s been an excellent patient,” the statement read.

He is scheduled to have his sutures removed in two weeks. He will then have a final checkup to clear him for adoption.

His amazing rescue involved Americans in several communities downriver and Canadians banning together on both sides of the river. He was spotted along the river in Ecorse near John Dingell Park, according to the Detroit News.

He spent days in the elements before his rescue was coordinated, according to Patricia Trevino of the River Rouge Animal Shelter.

"He ended up wandering out onto the ice of the Detroit River Wednesday morning and he was there until Saturday morning, walking around on the ice," Trevino said. "He fell into the river a couple of times, back up onto the ice -- eagles flying over him, coyotes stalking him. A Coast Guard ice cutter passing through."

Yahoo News reported one man was finally able to get close enough to grab the pup — who “was scared, hiding in the trees, frozen” — and bring him back to shore. People who had gathered to help cheered on the Good Samaritan.

He had frostbite on his nose and paws and matted fur. Most of it had to be shaved off. However, he recovered in a sweater surrounded by affection and snacks.

“Miracle appreciates all the awesome gifts and support from so many caring and amazing humans,” the statement read. Thousands of dollars have been donated for his care.

The shelter said they have received countless inquiries from families who want to give the pup a forever home.


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