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Pit Pride Raising Money for Sick Puppy

Veterinarians diagnosed the pup with pulmonic stenosis, a congenital heart defect.
FREDERICK, Md. - An organization that helps pit bulls is asking for your help to pay for a sick puppy's surgery.

Pit Pride, based out of Frederick, rescued nine-week-old Trooper. Veterinarians diagnosed the pup with pulmonic stenosis, a congenital heart defect.

"Pit bulls in general are very misunderstood, so a lot of times dogs and puppies such as him that are pit bulls and on top of it have health issues are oftentimes euthanized or just kind of disregarded. Trooper though, ever since he was born, everyone who meets him loves him, and it's really important to us to save his life," says Katie Makrides, founder of Pit Pride,

Those with Pit Pride say the vet told them Trooper will die if he doesn't have the surgery. It would cost at least $4,000 and so far Pit Pride has only raised $2,000.

"Because the level of his heart condition is very severe, chances are if he does not have the surgery, he will actually die," Makrides says. "When? They really can't say for sure. Most likely it would be sooner than later. It's very important that the surgery is done immediately, probably here within the next couple of months. He can't go much longer without having it."

They're working hard to bring in the money to save Trooper, a puppy who is also deaf.

"All funds will go directly towards surgery and medications and any sort of procedures he may need to have or other veterinary expenses," Makrides says.

Pit Pride has set up a Facebook page called Save Trooper. It has information about how you can donate to the puppy. You can visit the Facebook page by clicking here.
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