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"Designer" puppy abandoned after injury to be put up for adoption

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County Animal Services officers Friday showed off an abandoned "designer" puppy whose owner couldn't afford surgery after paying $1,000 to purchase the canine at a Los Angeles pet shop.

Parker, a beagle-Boston terrier mix, was brought to the animal shelter by a woman who said an acquaintance left the puppy with her after the canine fell and broke a leg.

The owner, a young man who was contacted by Animal Services, said he couldn't pay for veterinary care, according to department officials.

The department's "Spirit Fund" covered the surgery. The account, funded by donations, pays for specialized care and helps pets become healthy enough to be adopted.

When displayed at the Gaines Street animal shelter, the 3-month-old was playful and running despite a blue cast on a hind leg. Parker will be available for adoption within a few weeks.

Animal Service officers said they've seen an increase in the abandonment of expensive dogs that need medical care.

"You need to be able to provide food, love, shelter and veterinary care for these things for their entire life," Lt. Dan DeSousa told CBS8. "It's not an item you can just discard when you don't have the money."

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