Staff members from the school were able to take him to an a available veterinarian's office where he received kind and compassionate treatment. There it was discovered that Pooka's rear paws had rope marks on the back indicating they had been tied. There was a deep gash on one that had become infected and he could not put weight on it. Two other paws were also worn by infection to expose the tendons. The doctor feared amputation might be necessary and referred him to an Emergency Clinic.