Puppy badly injured during adoption interview

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 12:17:50-05

SAN DIEGO - A woman's beauty treatment resulted in an injury for a little dog already trying overcoming obstacles.

There's tough luck and then there is Jake's story.

"I'm trying not to cry. It's just sad what happened to him," said Carol Rubin, who has been fostering the one-year-old Yorkie mix for the past three weeks.

"He's got a great spirit, like nothing happened to him," she told 10News.

A month ago, someone turned the stray puppy turned into a local shelter. Jake was emaciated and weighed four pounds, about half of what he should weigh.

Neglect is believed the likely culprit, and the rescue group Maltese & More Rescue took him in.

"He's just a love bug," said Dawn Lierman, founder of the rescue group.

On Saturday -- inside Lierman's garage -- Jake found himself wrapped around the arms of a woman interested in adopting him. She had just had her nails done and Jake started nibbling on them.

"She said, 'No, no, no, don't be biting on my nails. You'll ruin my manicure,' and she let go and dropped Jake onto the concrete," said Lierman.

Lierman said the act wasn't a malicious one, but the force of the fall broke both his front legs, causing his face to slam into the ground.

Jake howled in pain. He needed surgery to place metal plates and screws in both legs.

The $3,500 surgery was paid for by the rescue group, and 10News learned Jake will need 10 weeks of recovery before he's ready for adoption.

"Whoever takes him, he deserves a good home," said Rubin, choking back tears.

If you're interested in adopting Jake, details will be posted on the rescue group's Facebook page.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for vet bills.