Gallery Photo Post: Ezra, a 5-year-old pit bull puppy, was brought into the Summit County animal shelter with a broken left rear leg. Originally relinquished to the Leadville Animal Shelter, neither the shelter nor the owner had the funds to give her the treatment she needed. “They gave her to us because they didn’t have the funds to repair the leg. We thought we could take it on,” said Lesley Hall, Summit County Animal Control and Shelter director.

Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, Ezra was successfully treated at the Frisco Animal Hospital. At first, veterinarians thought they would have to amputate her leg, but they were able to set the break in her femur with a plate and six screws. Animal control used money from the grant, as well as other donations, to pay for the surgery. “We were approached by the woman who created Wags and Menace foundation,” Hall said. “She wanted to use it for the medical treatment of animals with injuries or disease.”

The foundation started in 1996, when Denver resident Cindy Lee adopted two dogs, named Wags and Menace, from a shelter. During the past three years alone, the foundation has raised more than $650,000 for the treatment and adoption of shelter animals. Summit animal control currently has 19 dogs and 17 cats in the shelter available for adoption. Last year, it found homes for 430 animals, breaking the record of 331 animals in 1999.

Since recuperating from her surgery, Ezra has been able to live the life of a normal puppy with her new owner. A Frisco Animal Hospital veterinary technician who fostered Ezra during her recovery adopted her last week. “She was given the go-ahead to act like a puppy,” Hall said. “It’s wonderful that we can help them and find them homes.”