Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Officials seek information on abused puppy

By Stephanie A. Wilken, Yuma Sun

A puppy is being nursed back to health after she was found suffering from major neglect and abuse.

Animal control Sgt. Aaron Acton, with the Humane Society of Yuma (HSOY), helped rescue a 12-week-old boxer-pit puppy Tuesday after a call from a concerned citizen. The puppy was found in the northwest part of the city, Acton said Wednesday.

According to a news release from HSOY, the dog is receiving veterinary care and remains in critical condition.

The puppy's ears had been “non-professionally cut with the apparent intention to make her look like a pit bull with cropped ears,” the news release said.

“The ears are definitely the worst part of it,” Acton said.

That act of “major animal neglect and abuse,” Acton said, is a felony.

“We're hoping she'll pull through,” he said about the puppy.

Animal control officers are working closely with the Yuma Police Department, according to the release.

Those with information about the case are asked to call animal control dispatch at 782-1621, Ext. 106, or YPD's non-emergency crime reporting hot line at 78-CRIME or 782-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.

HSOY also asks the community to donate to the Roo Bee Cruelty Fund, which was established in 2006 to cover the costs of veterinary care for victims of cruelty.

Donations may be made online at www.hsoyuma.com, by mail or in person at the HSOY office, 285 N. Figueroa Ave. in Yuma. Make checks payable to HSOY with “Roo Bee Cruelty Fund” in the memo line.

Update October 15, 2010 2:07pm - The following article is from KSWT:

Reward offered in animal cruelty case

A reward is now being offered in a local case of animal cruelty.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering $2,500 dollars to anyone with information about who is responsible for abusing a 12 week old pit bull puppy.
The puppy was turned over to the Humane Society of Yuma by a good Samaritan who found it as a stray earlier in the week.
The dog was severely emaciated and its ears had been cut off.
The case is also being investigated by the Yuma Police Department.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

Update October 15, 2010 5:43pm - The following article is  by Stephanie A. Wilken, Yuma Sun:

‘Hope' for abused puppy found this week

One local puppy's name is Hope for a reason.

It's good news for a puppy who was badly abused, and now a national organization has joined in the animal cruelty case, offering a reward to bring her abuser to justice.

The Humane Society of the United States announced Friday that it is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for cutting off the puppy's ears.

The puppy, a 12-week-old box-pit mix, was found in the northwest part of Yuma earlier this week starving and with her ears cut in what appeared to be an attempt to make her look like a pit bull with cropped ears.

Officials with the Humane Society of Yuma previously told the Yuma Sun that the act is a major form of abuse that is definitely considered a felony. The Yuma Police Department is also investigating the case.

Shawn Smith, executive director of the Humane Society Of Yuma, told the Yuma Sun Friday that while Hope is still in critical condition, it looks like she's going to pull through.

“We've gotten her eating puppy food,” said HSOY's director of operations, Annette Lagunas.

And she even was perky and wagging her tail Friday, she said.

“She's not in nearly the pain she was a day ago,” Lagunas said.

For now, they're helping her get her digestive system going again, slowly helping her gain weight and helping control her pain, she said.

Smith said she needs constant care.

And one day, when she's ready, she'll be ready for adoption.

“Hope clearly suffered incredible pain, and the citizens of Arizona have no tolerance for this type of vicious cruelty to animals,” said Kari Neinstedt, the Humane Society of the United States Arizona state director. “We are hopeful that our reward will help bring the assailant(s) to justice.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call animal control dispatch at 782-1621, Ext. 106, or YPD's nonemergency crime reporting hot line at 78-CRIME or 782-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.

HSOY also asks the community to donate to the Roo Bee Cruelty Fund, which was established in 2006 to cover the costs of veterinary care for victims of cruelty.

Donations may be made online at www.hsoyuma.com, by mail or in person at the HSOY office, 285 N. Figueroa Ave. in Yuma. Make checks payable to HSOY with “Roo Bee Cruelty Fund” in the memo line.

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