Sky, a 1-year-old pitbull mix rescued by the Denton County Sheriff's Office last month, died during surgery Wednesday.
Sheriff's deputies removed Sky and another dog from an animal cruelty situation in January. The other dog didn't survive, but Sky made it through two surgeries.
The Denton Animal Support Foundation and I AM DOG RESCUE, based in Cross Roads, began raising money for the dog's additional treatment, which was estimated to cost $3,000, said DASF chairwoman Bette Sherman. Donations from Denton County residents began pouring in and Sky underwent treatment.
Sherman said doctors believed Sky's colon muscles weren't functioning correctly and gave her medication, which wasn't successful. During a sixth surgery, doctors found that they would have to remove Sky's entire colon, which meant she would lose control of her bowels.
An IADR volunteer who handled Sky's medical needs made the decision to euthanize her.
"Everything possible was done for Sky," Sherman said in an email. "Everyone is devastated. But we know that Sky had love, care and comfort for these last months. And I'm sure she knew what an outpouring of love came from the community. She will remain in our hearts."
CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.