Monty starts a long road to recovery - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Monty starts a long road to recovery

August 26, 2005

Valdosta - It's a painful process this puppy endures every day. "He gets bathed everyday, his wounds are cleaned, and its extremely painful," said Michelle Shultz, Animal Care Specialist.

But Monty still wags his tail, and takes it in stride. "He shivers a lot when I put him in the tub, be he doesn't try to pull away and he's never growled at me," said Michelle.

It's been three weeks since Monty was covered with lighter fluid and set on fire by three juveniles. Animal control workers say its the worst case of animal cruelty they've ever seen. "I thought it was terrible, I really hope they prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent they can," said Sgt. Bill Shultz.

Even though the fire nearly killed him, Monty hasn't shied away from people. He never comes across a stranger, and shows affection to everyone he meets. "He's very happy go lucky, a good-natured puppy, I don't know why anybody would've done something like this," said Bill.

Monty will stay at the animal shelter for about two more months, then he'll be up for adoption. Workers here say they won't have a problem finding him a safe and loving home. "We get calls almost every day about people wanting to adopt him," said Bill.

And although he'll always carry scars from this tragedy, they hope his wounds will teach others an important lesson. "I would love to see him go to a home where he can be used for pet therapy, maybe with burn victims, or he could go into schools and teach children about compassion," said Michelle.

Compassion those three juveniles failed to show this defenseless puppy. Now they're facing charges of animal cruelty, and obstruction of an officer.

feedback: news@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Pallets burn in smoky blaze near P&G plant

    Pallets burn in smoky blaze near P&G plant

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-28 19:54:41 GMT
    (Source: Cade Fowler)(Source: Cade Fowler)

    Crews have responded to Procter & Gamble after a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

    More >>

    Crews have responded to Procter & Gamble after a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Day 1: Journey to Parris Island

    Day 1: Journey to Parris Island

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-03-28 19:33:02 GMT
    Tuesday marks the first day of travel for WALB's Re-Essa Buckels as she makes her way to the Marine base at Parris Island, SC where she'll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to train like a Marine. (Source: WALB)Tuesday marks the first day of travel for WALB's Re-Essa Buckels as she makes her way to the Marine base at Parris Island, SC where she'll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to train like a Marine. (Source: WALB)

    Tuesday marks the first day of travel for WALB's Re-Essa Buckels as she makes her way to the Marine base at Parris Island, SC where she'll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to train like a Marine. 

    More >>

    Tuesday marks the first day of travel for WALB's Re-Essa Buckels as she makes her way to the Marine base at Parris Island, SC where she'll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to train like a Marine. 

    More >>
  • APD wants to identify this man

    APD wants to identify this man

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 1:50 PM EDT2017-03-28 17:50:18 GMT
    Call police if you recognize this man (Source: APD)Call police if you recognize this man (Source: APD)

    Late last Friday night, a man went into Tate’s Liquor Store at 2424 Sylvester Road, and took a can of soda out of the cooler near the front door. 

    More >>

    Late last Friday night, a man went into Tate’s Liquor Store at 2424 Sylvester Road, and took a can of soda out of the cooler near the front door. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly