Permanent home sought for dog that met with tragedy

       The dog's real name is not known. Bob Nash just calls him “Boy.” The Westside resident didn't know what to call him about three weeks ago when he found him in Monument Valley Park.
       Except maybe brave.
       Nash's first view was of a dog who had evidently caught his leg in a trap… then chewed his leg off at the forearm to get free.
       It was a grisly sight. The bone was sticking out. The thing had apparently happened that day. All Nash could think to do was to call the animal - a roughly 10-month- old shepherd-husky mix. To his surprise, the dog came.
       They've been pals ever since. Nash worked with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region to expedite the necessary surgery - amputation at the shoulder - and agreed to become Boy's foster owner until a permanent home can be found.
       He can't keep the pup permanently, because of potential conflicts with his other pets, but he's enjoying the interlude. “He's a great little dog with a huge heart,” Nash said. Bright, too. Nash was impressed at how quickly the newcomer figured out his house's atypical dog door and how to hop up and down stairs.
       Nash, a psychotherapist, calls him “Boy” because it's a generic secondary name that many dog owners use with their dogs.
       What he can't understand is why the real owner has not shown up. So far, at least, no one has inquired at the Humane Society about a missing dog of Boy's description.
       But Nash's strongest feeling is directed toward the person or persons who caused the dog's plight. The surgeon told Nash that it probably was a trap of some kind. The dog's other front leg was damaged as well, possibly from the same snare, and still requires a fresh bandage daily. Not only are traps illegal in Colorado, but a trap by a creek could have caught anybody, such as a child playing by the water. “It infuriates me to think about it,” he said.
       Anyone interested in becoming Boy's permanent owner can call Nash at 633-1908. The paperwork still needs to be worked out with the Humane Society, but “If someone meets him with me and they like him, then they can get first pick,” he said.

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