Three weeks ago a couple's dog plunged from 100-foot cliffs above Del Mar Dog Beach.
Mesa, a 3-year-old Australian Kelpie who was adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, wanted to chase a seagull and escaped from the leash on which he was held.
In a moment's notice, Nicole Moore and Rich Newman say their dog was gone, tumbling and somersaulting down the rocky cliffs to the beach.
While Newman and his son raced down the sandy trail to find Mesa, bystanders came to the dog's assistance and later helped transport the severely injured and bleeding dog to the vet.
Danna Mechelke, a friend of the family, said Mesa somehow survived the drop, but his two front legs are horribly broken.
Mesa needs a $10,000 orthopedic surgery to fuse his bones together, insert pins and remove the damaged ligaments.
He will also need six to eight months of recovery and after care.
Without the surgery, Mechelke said Mesa does not have a chance, and his family faces a painful decision.
Mesa has the chance to be 80 to 90 percent normal with the surgery. He will be able to run, play and catch his frisbee again.
Mesa's family said it's willing to spend the time and energy it takes to rehabilitate him, if they can find a way to finance the surgery.
Mechelke said Mesa is a miracle dog.
Mesa was transferred to San Diego from Tucson at 7-months-old.
When the Newmans adopted him, he had Valley Fever -- a fungal lung infection he brought with him from Arizona.
After a complicated and expensive diagnosis, Mesa fully recovered and just came off his medicine two months ago.
In addition, Mesa was bitten by a rattlesnake two and half years ago and survived that as well.
Mechelke said Mesa's family is incredibly devoted to Mesa. She said their son loves to play with him, walk him and pretend he is a dinosaur.
Mesa is a regular at Del Mar Dog Beach. He loves to run and chase the birds, bound across the rocks and sidle up to anyone willing to scratch his ears.
With the help of San Diego County Credit Union, Mechelke has set up a "Help Mesa Walk Again" fund to which people can donate.
Donations may be made to:
Nicole Moore/Help Mesa Walk - 30
c/o San Diego County Credit Union
501 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024-1319
If the donations exceed Mesa's surgery and recovery costs, all monies will go directly to the Helen Woodard Animal Center.
Mechelke said this process would be overseen by an accounting firm.