Dog left beside Mexican freeway gets surgery to repair leg

Orson is currently up for adoption
Posted at 5:13 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 21:03:40-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - After being found abandoned beside a freeway in Mexico, Orson is now on his way to a normal life - and hopefully, a new home.

Orson, a two-year-old English Setter mix, underwent surgery on May 11 to lengthen a bone in his leg. The procedure installed a device that will slowly stretch the dog's front right leg bone.

More medical issues were caused on the dog's rear right leg since he favored using that leg.

Orson captured the hearts of staff at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society when he was brought in as a puppy after being found across the border.

"For the next couple months his foster care providers will take him to VSH every few days, RCHS President Jim Silveira said. "The bone will be stretched a little bit more during each visit. By the time he’s finished Orson will be able to run and play. Most important, he will be pain free.”

Thursday, Orson returned to RCHS for his first follow up after the leg surgery. Normally, a pet would be anesthetized for the exam and adjustment. But RCHS said Orson "was a champ" and remained calm through the procedure.

Currently, Orson is available for adoption at RCHS. His adoption fee is $145, which includes his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

Orson gets along with other dogs, "enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap," according to the humane society.

For more information, or to make a donation to RCHS, visit or call 760-753-6413.