Injured pup found by Pleasanton police is on the mend

Lucy recovering at Valley Humane Society foster home

A puppy that a Pleasanton police officer found living off scraps from a local restaurant is recovering from malnourishment and a broken leg, according to officials.

The dog, a Miniature Pinscher believed to be 3-4 months old, was rescued by animal service officer Frankie Blavet, according to a recent post on the Pleasanton Police Department's Facebook page. Police say the puppy, named Lucy, was most likely abandoned.

After bringing her to the SAGE Center in Dublin for an initial medical consultation, officers took Lucy to Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton so the nonprofit agency could take over the dog's care and recovery.

When Lucy was brought in on Aug. 26, the dog was "just skin and bones" and had three fractures in one leg, according to Melanie Sadek, Valley Humane Society executive director.

"Lucy was very malnourished and limping," Sadek said Tuesday.

The puppy is now "doing very well," recuperating at a temporary foster home, Sadek said. More than 50 local residences serve as foster homes for Valley Humane Society dogs and cats that are recovering from medical issues or too young to be placed up for adoption.

The center has fielded a lot of calls about Lucy and her adoption status, Sadek said. Right now, the agency is awaiting a follow-up consultation with a SAGE doctor on Lucy's broken leg.

Once Lucy is medically cleared and has spay surgery, the dog will be put up for adoption. Valley Humane Society posts the new pets on its website the day before they become available for adoption at

"Dogs are typically adopted within six days of coming into the facility," Sadek said. "We already know (Lucy) will probably be adopted within the hour."

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