Save Tahoe Tonka!

For: Tonka
Organizer: Alex & Jeni
Save Tahoe Tonka! (Tonka)
of $3,000 goal
97% Complete
Raised by 90 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Meet Tonka, a three year old tri-color pitbull, born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, CA. He's not the brightest bulb, but he wouldn't hurt a fly. He is the sweetest, most lovable dog you'd ever meet and he didn't deserve what happened to him.

On February 26th, Tonka was shot in the face by a police officer during a raid of our friend's home who has a small medical marijuana garden. This friend was watching Tonka while we were out of town. After he was shot, Tonka fled and ran multiple miles before being picked up by animal control and brought to a local animal hospital. The bullet went in just below his left eye and shattered, leaving a trail of shrapnal throughout his snout and neck, but somehow managing to miss all of his vital organs.

Right now Tonka's medical bills are at $1,500 and rising. The doctors say he will have permanent damage to his nasal passageways that could cause complications in the future, but right now he is eating and breathing on his own which is a very good sign for his recovery. Everyone at the animal hospital just loves Tonka and they all keep telling us about how good he has been for them. Two of the officers who were present at the scene when Tonka was shot have come to the hospital check on how he is doing.

Please help us raise money to pay for Tonka's medical bills! We will be periodically checking in with updates on how he is doing. Donations will also be accepted at Sierra Veterinary Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. Any money donated that exceeds Tonka's medical costs will be donated to Sierra Veterinary Hospital's program to help young pets in life threatening positions and to our Humane Society.

Thank you so much for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 12, 2014

Posted on March 12, 2014

Tonka had his surgery to get the bullet removed today. They ended up also having to pull three of his teeth that were shattered by the bullet. He's not exactly a happy camper at the moment, but everything went well and he is at home recovering. His vet bills have now surpassed $3,000 but thanks to the support and generosity of our friends, family, and community, his bills so far are 100% paid for! Thank you all so much! Tonka wuvs you.

Also, I uploaded a photo of Tonka and the bullet fragment that was removed. He goes back in Monday for a check-up and to have the fluid drainage tubes in his neck removed, and then he goes back in the following week to get his stitches out. We will continue to post updates, so stay tuned.

- Alex, Jeni & Tonka

Posted on March 7, 2014

Posted on March 7, 2014

First of all I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has donated to Tonka's fundraiser! We are overwhelmed with the amazing support we've received from our friends, family, community and even total strangers! Thank you.

The entry wound on Tonka's face is looking better and better every day. He has been sneezing blood the past few days, but overall he seems to be doing better. I uploaded a photo of Tonka's Xray where you can see the bullet fragments that are scattered throughout hise face and neck. The doctor said he wants to remove the largest bullet fragment, but we are still waiting for the swelling to go down before doing so. Tonka is scheduled for another visit to the vet on Monday to see if it's ready to be removed.

Also, on March 16th, Best In Show Pet Groomers in Stateline, NV will be donating all of their profits for the day towards Tonka's medical bills. Their address is 172 Shady Lane, Stateline NV 89449 and you can call them at (775) 901-2671 to make an appointment. Get groomed and help Tonka. Thanks Best in Show!

Posted on March 1, 2014

Posted on March 1, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! We've almost made enough to cover Tonka's first bill! He is now back home and resting, and will be going back into the animal hospital on Monday once the inflammation has gone down so the doctor can assess whether or not they should try to remove some of the bullet fragments. We will continue to post updates on how Tonka is doing. He has been such a tough dog throughout all of this.

We have raised the fundraiser goal to $3,000 to adjust for Tonka's rising medical bills. Any money donated that exceeds Tonka's medical costs will be donated to Sierra Veterinary Hospital (where Tonka was brought and treated) and to our local animal shelter.

Thank you!!

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