Fort Collins Beagle missing for weeks, hit by a car in Boulder, recovering after leg amputation

GiveForward site looks to help with TJ's vet bills

LONGMONT, Colo. - TJ, a Beagle-mix who was missing for weeks and found after he was hit by a car, is recovering after having his hind leg amputated due to his injuries.

The 4-year-old dog was hit by the car on Wednesday near 15th Street and Lee Hill Road in Boulder. Officers found TJ and checked his microchip while transporting him to a clinic for treatment.

The chip indicated TJ belonged to David Snyder, of Fort Collins, Boulder Police Department spokeswoman Laurie Ogden said. Snyder told officers his pet had been missing for seven weeks.

"He was ecstatic that his dog had been found," Ogden said.

For weeks Snyder had received calls of sightings, and Snyder even once spotted his dog in LaPorte, but TJ always managed to escape.

Ogden also said that Boulder Animal Control began getting calls about TJ three weeks ago, but he repeatedly evaded capture.

"Upon speaking with Mr. Snyder he believes TJ had quite the adventure, traveling on foot from Fort Collins to LaPorte then headed south to Boulder," Ogden wrote in a release on the police department website.

Snyder told 7NEWS his pet is currently recovering at Aspen Meadow Vet Specialists in Longmont. 

"I never thought I'd see him again, or have him back as a member of the family, so it was really nice to have him back, I'll be excited once he comes home -- looking forward to that day" said Snyder.

Snyder said TJ will still need to have another surgery, but should be home by next weekend.

So far, TJ's veterinarian bills have totaled about $12,000. A GiveForward site has been set up to help with TJ's medical expenses.

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