By Dave Bohman
The Luzerne County SPCA is trying to find out who would beat the little dog then stuff her in a garbage bag and abandon it, especially in this heat.
The case is troubling to humane officers who said the dog survived but needs special care to bring her back to health. Veterinarians are working to help the abused female puppy recover from what appears to be a vicious attack.
The cage at the SPCA is covered with notes warning of a head injury. She receives painkilling medication while those treating her ask who is she, and why would someone hurt her in such a cruel manner.
“She was in critical condition when she arrived. She was in a stupor or in a coma,” said veterinarian Dr. Sharon Finster.
Rescue workers with the Luzerne County SPCA will only say she was found in a high-traffic area, perhaps dropped off by her attacker.
The person who found the dog found it in a large, dark trash bag. The dog inside had a cracked skull. The dog’s attacker left her for dead.
“You just can’t do this to animals. It’s not right,” said Cary Moran of the Luzerne County SPCA.
That’s why the SPCA will pay a $500 reward to anyone with information that could lead to a conviction of the dog’s attacker.
“We are looking for any information like who owned the dog, if you know anyone who owned the dog,” Moran added.
“She’s not quite aware of one side of her body right now,” Finster said of the puppy.
The dog remains traumatized and confused.
Health-wise, she is not out of the woods but, “I suspect she will live through this,” Finster added.
She has the help of around the clock care while the hunt for those responsible for her pain continues.
With time and healing, staffers believe the puppy will be strong enough for adoption. There is hope in the veterinary hospital emergency room.