Nails found inside injured dog's stomach

Published: Dec. 28, 2013 at 3:29 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2014 at 3:29 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Nails were discovered inside the stomach of a severely injured dog who had to be airlifted into Louisville to undergo surgery to save his front leg.

The setter mix, named Cessna, was flown into Bowman Field on December 20 and immediately taken to the Blue Pearl Animal Hospital.

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While the visible injury to his leg was the initial concern, the hospital staff also discovered two nails in Cessna's stomach. Surgeons were able to remove the nails via scope.

After his surgery, doctors noticed he was having trouble standing. That's when they found he also suffered from a broken femur they believe may have been caused by a kick.

Despite his injuries Arrow Fund volunteers said Cessna is sweet and in good spirits. He is continuing to recover at Blue Pearl.

If you would like to donate to help with Cessna's medical expenses, visit or

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