PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – SPCA Suncoast, located in New Port Richey, has started a GoFundMe campaign for Niko, a dog that was hit and dragged by a car in Hernando County. Niko was scheduled to be euthanized on Nov. 25 because he had what was thought to be a fractured pelvis.
Niko’s X-rays indicate that he has a fractured vertebra, which is compressing his spine, causing paralysis. Upon further examination of the X-rays, we were shocked that we also saw he had also previously been shot twice.
Blue Pearl shows that Niko has a fracture to the L7 vertebrae, the last one before the sacrum. Luckily it’s not affecting the spinal cord proper, rather a nerve root that’s located nearby.
The estimate of Niko’s surgery is $5,000 and since we already secured a $2,000 donation from Nick Borgesano, owner of Kegenix, we are seeking funding for the remaining $3,000 to cover the cost for his surgery.