J.J., a three-legged rat terrier mix, remains alive as an adoptable dog thanks to the surgery from first-year county veterinarian Dr. Bryan Bingham.
J.J. was run over twice by his former owner, staff members at Rutherford County’s Pet Adoption & Animal Welfare said. He is one of four animals to have a limb amputated by Bingham since the center opened a surgery suite Jan. 4.
Additionally P.A.W.S has adopted out about 20 more pets than it had a year ago, said Bingham, who joined the staff last April at an annual salary of $58,920.
Bingham attributes much of the adoption increase to being able to spay and neuter dogs and cats at the new P.A.W.S. surgery suite since Jan. 4. Located at 285 John Rice Blvd., the animal service at had 134 pet adoptions in January, including 93 dogs and 36 cats.