No one likes to see an animal suffering, and that definitely applies to the people who found this poor puppy in Brownsville, Texas. This story involves a puppy that workers at the Arroyo Veterinary Clinic have affectionately named Phoenix.
When the puppy Phoenix first arrived, he was in immense pain and was immediately heavily sedated. He was then wrapped in gauze in attempts to slow the infection that had already begun to set in.
Phoenix was severely burned from his head to halfway down his back. The burns covered roughly 25 percent of his body.
The Sheriff’s Department said they have some strong leads, and they believe this hideous offense was carried out by more than one person. Dr. Shelly Mitchell, the veterinarian treating Phoenix, said she knew at first glance that more than one person had been involved, and it appeared the pup had been in pain for a couple of days before being found in a dog park.
Animal cruelty is not viewed as a minor offense in the eyes of the law. Depending on the severity of the case, it can land the offender in the state penitentiary for 2 to 10 years.
Not only does it carry a fine of up to $10,000, but these vile and disgusting acts perpetrated on defenseless animals are considered a third-degree felony. Though widespread efforts are continually in effect to deter these senseless displays of violence, they still continue.
Phoenix is expected to make a full recovery. Dr. Mitchell said it will take about a month for his charred skin to grow back.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is receiving the best of possible care and is now resting comfortably. He is in a safe environment where he is also receiving an overabundance of love and attention.
Thanks to the kind-hearted people at the clinic and the determination of local law enforcement to nab the perpetrators, Phoenix; upon full recovery, will get to lead a normal life. And if all goes according to plan, jail will have some new residents.
We should all be thankful for rescue and other animal advocacy groups who tirelessly labor to put an end to animal cruelty. Were it not for them, dogs like Phoenix, and other animals; would have no one to protect and save them from those who would do them harm.
If you are aware of any such harmful activity, please contact your local law enforcement. You can do so anonymously, and you might just save a life.