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LIMA — David Murphy is beside himself. Not only was his leather shop broken into over the weekend but his 4-year-old dog was beaten by the burglar. Now, Cindy, a 13-pound Jack Russell Terrier may lose a leg if Murphy can't raise enough money to treat her badly injured leg. The procedure requires surgery that carries a high price tag, Murphy said. “To fix it right, it's going to cost $2,500 and up,” he said. “We don't have the money.”Murphy is asking for help so Cindy can save her left front leg. He has one week before a decision has to be made but the sooner the better. The other option is to amputate the leg, something he does not want to do.The break in at the store, Murphy's Leather Goods, at 409 N. Main St., occurred sometime Sunday. Murphy's store is closed Sunday but he stopped by about 6 p.m. to check on Cindy and found her with her injured leg hanging in an awkward way. He immediately knew she was hurt and later found the tennis racket used to beat her.“The dog didn't come out like she normally does. I found her under the sewing machine,” he said.Murphy took Cindy to the veterinarian who treated her and told Murphy he needs to make a decision in the next week on how to treat her. The problem is Murphy said it likely will come down to a financial decision for Cindy who is family to him. Murphy has raised Cindy since she was 5 weeks old. He traded an old rifle for her at the Kenton National Coon Dog Trials several years ago and became attached to her. Whoever beat Cindy with the tennis racket got away, and police have no leads on the burglary. Murphy said the person may have bite marks from Cindy since she is a good guard dog despite her size. “If you're not supposed to be in here, she won't let you in here,” Murphy said. “That's why they attacked her.”You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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