By AMY LINDBLOM
Until she gets a good home and a new name, a crippled Boston terrier puppy rescued by a Sonora woman is named for what she now needs: Charity.
The 9-month-old puppy was rescued by Cherri Gallant, her sister, husband and father who were celebrating Father's Day at Stanislaus River Parks in Knights Ferry.
The little black-and-white pup was with two families, including 10 or so small children from Modesto, who were mistreating the dog.
"The kids would pick it up and throw it down," Gallant said. "When it would hide under a table or try to run away, they would yank it back and do it all again. And the little thing couldn't walk on its front leg.
"And the mother was just watching it all without helping the puppy."
Finally, after watching the abuse for about an hour, Gallant and her sister, Teddy Jaspar, of Oakdale, approached the group.
They asked the owners if they could buy the dog, "just to get it out of their hands," Gallant said.
At first they didn't want to sell the dog, but after a bit of convincing and a promise that if the new owners bred her, they would give them a puppy, the families agreed to sell the dog.
Between Gallant and her relatives, the four came up with $50 cash to give the families. Gallant got their phone number, but she doesn't have any plans of ever breeding the dog.
Gallant said Charity could not stop licking the four, but she was happiest when she was able to eat and drink some water.
"She started lapping it up right out of a mud puddle when we got her away," Gallant said.
Jaspar took the puppy home Sunday night and on Monday, Gallant brought her to Sonora. Yesterday, she took the puppy to Dr. Alan Rubinstein's Tuolumne Road clinic even though she was afraid the doctor would recommend amputating the pup's crippled leg.
Rubinstein, who has done some orthopedic work before, X-rayed the leg and said while it will never be normal, he could fix it well enough so the dog would walk on it.