Puppy recovering after being mutilated and left to die in the co

Puppy recovering after being mutilated and left to die in the cold

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Jones is only a month old but on Wednesday the baby pit bull was in a fight to continue his short life.

"His ears were cut, the skin was down off of the cartilage kind of falling away from it," said Dr. Sherrie Hodgson at the Neel Veterinary Hospital.

Someone found him wandering in a neighborhood near NW 23rd and I-44. The vet says his owner must have botched an at-home ear pin surgery and without the right medications for the pain, Jones went into shock.

"It's a pretty involved procedure to lob of somebody's ear," Hodgson said.

If it wasn't for a good Samaritan who found Jones and brought him to the hospital he might have frozen to death. Rescuers say they found him in a hypothermic state.

"His temperature didn't register on the thermometer. And his gums were white and they're supposed to be pink," said Dr. Hodgson, "that's a 50-50 they may live or not."

But Jones turned out to be a fighter. Even when he first arrived in the hospital, staff said he was sniffing around and wagging his tail.

"Nothing was really good about him but his attitude, which was just amazing," Hodgson said.

Right now Jones is doing well. He's with a foster parent through the Bella Foundation while he recovers.

"He definitely has already shown an interest in people," said foster mom Tevin Garner.

But the Foundation thinks with a puppy his age there could be a full litter of six to 12 more.

"We're just hoping we can find where he came from because if there are siblings out there we want to save them also," Garner said.

Jones should be ready for adoption after a few more weeks of recovery. And a home might be the best holiday gift that little guy could ask for.

"To find him a forever home to keep him safe and make sure nothing like this ever happens to him again, that would be great," Garner said.

Animal Welfare will begin investigating the case next week. If you have any information you can remain anonymous by contacting the Bella Foundation at 866-318-PETS or at info@thebellafoundation.org.


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