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Thursday, Oct 20, 2011County: Ramsey
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Buster is home after another hospital stint, but his recovery is far from done.
The 9-year-old boxer suffered an internal tear in his throat that was letting air in after surgery on his mouth Monday at Life Care Animal Hospital of St. Paul.
The dog was wounded while defending his owners' St. Paul home during a burglary Oct. 20. He suffered at least nine stab wounds as well as injuries to his mouth while fighting at least one intruder in the 1800 block of East Maryland Avenue. Only Buster and two other dogs were home at the time of the morning break-in.
Buster had been healing well after surgery, said his owner, Larry Wagaman. But the throat tear caused swelling, and the dog was returned for observation to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, where he was initially treated for his stab wounds.
"He blew up like a balloon," Wagaman said of the swelling.
Additional care and a possible surgery could add about $5,300 to the $3,000 in veterinary bills racked up so far.
Buster's hospital stay is covered through "Buster's Fund," set up at the Wells Fargo Bank at 1379 Phalen Blvd. in St. Paul. The account number is 642-89-22-071.
Those wishing to help pay for Buster's medical costs can call the university at 612-626-8387 and mention Buster's fund.
But Wagaman isn't sure how he will handle any additional bills.
"I'm financially tapped already," he said.
Wagaman will take Buster home and monitor him there, but the dog's owner doesn't know what comes next.
"It's just a gamble now," he said.
Guns, jewelry, cell phone and a laptop computer were among the items reported stolen from the house.
The thieves also stole the homeowner's work uniforms. Larry Wagaman works for the Anoka County Corrections Department and the family is concerned someone could use them to pose as an authority.
Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call St. Paul police investigators at 651-266-5616.
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