Friday, July 29, 2011

Abused puppy found in New Port Richey canal

By Todd Leskanic, Tampa Bay Online

Investigators with Pasco County Animal Services are hoping someone has information about an injured puppy found floating in a canal Thursday morning.
The dog, a 6-week-old pit bull mix, was found floating on a palm frond off Flora Avenue and Basswood Drive in Holiday. The animal's left ear was cut off and his right ear was partially cut.
The dog had been in the water for quite a while, was hypothermic and had ingested salt water, said John Malley, interim director of Animal Services. Malley said salt water in the dog's system poses a serious risk to the animal.
"He's rallying today," Malley said this afternoon. "He ate some food and he's standing up, wagging his tail, but he's still not out of the woods."
The pup will be moved to the Suncoast Veterinary Care Clinic on Saturday for continuous care through the weekend.
Malley said investigators have no leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (813) 929-1212.

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