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Brooklyn Paper saves dog!

Kasia Bednarska’s Italian greyhound Tali was mauled by a pit bull in Prospect Park — and she wants the owner to pay some of the thousands of dollars in vet bills.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Six generous donors have covered the expensive veterinary bill of an Italian greyhound who became front page news in this paper after he was was mangled by another pooch in Prospect Park.

The dog-loving benefactors have funded a $5,000 bone graft surgery to repair the leg that was broken by a pit bull-mix, who pounced on Kasia Bednarska’s skinny little pup, Tali, last Monday near the boathouse.

“It’s a happy ending,” said Bednarska.

Without the anonymous donations, it would not have been. After the brutal attack, the pit bull and, more important, his owner fled, leaving Tali whimpering in pain and Bednarska whimpering over a massive medical bill that she couldn’t afford.

She launched a hunt to find the dog’s human companion, but the blonde thirtysomething never come forward.

The Brooklyn Paper covered the doggy debacle, and TV news picked up the tale. That’s when at least six people — including an orthopedist with a big heart and several anonymous donors — sent cash to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope to pay for the surgery.

Doctors later explained Tali was close to losing her leg — but successfully completed the procedure on Tuesday.

“He’s expected to fully recover,” said Bednarska with a relieved sigh. “I’m very grateful.”

Who says newspapers can’t save a dog?

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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