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      Chihuahua with broken legs OK'd for surgery

      Little Bit before casts were put on her legs.

      A little Chihuahua that stole the Grand Strand's heart got some good news on Thursday.

      Lil Bit will have surgery on her legs on October 9 and, until then, she will be taking medicine for heart worms, according to her foster mom Jodie Burnette.

      The two-and-a-half pound pup was surrendered to the Horry County Animal Care Center earlier this month. She has two broken legs after being pushed off a porch by a larger dog.

      A local veterinarian who examined Lil Bit said she would need to see a specialist in Charleston before a decision could be made about surgery to fix her broken legs.

      During the visit Thursday, Lil Bit got an echo-cardiogram to determine if her heart was healthy enough to undergo surgery.

      Last week the date for the surgery on Lil Bit's legs was set. She will continue to be in leg casts until then to protect her legs.

      Lil Bit's vet bills are being paid for by donations from the community to the non-profit group Friends of the Horry County Animal Care Center.

      The group has also set up a Facebook page for the one-and-a-half year old pup called "Lil Bit's New Life."

      The Friends of the Horry County Animal Care Center says it is in need of more foster families for animals like Lil Bit. To find out more about fostering visit their website.