Local pup wins "Hambone Award"

Rooster wins Hambone award

SCRANTON (WOLF) -- A local pup won big this week.

A hound mix from Clarks Summit named Rooster took home the 'Hambone award', chosen by Nationwide insurance.

They received over 1.5 million pet claims this past year and Rooster had the most unusual impalement of them all.

He was hit by a large tree branch during a routine hiking trip.

His owner called 911 after realizing Rooster could not walk, and the Jessup police chief helped get him to a vet clinic in South Abington.

9-year-old Rooster took a few weeks to heal from injuryand has made a full recovery.

"It's a great thing to have for a dog, especially dogs that are pets - not working dogs - who usually don't have too much to show except for a piece of your heart that's missing once they're gone. Rooster is certainly gonna have more than that to show his time here," said owner Jen Hawker.

For their care, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in South Abington will receive $10,000 from Nationwide to help treat pets in the community with low-income owners.

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