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Humane Society sees disturbing case of animal cruelty

July 11, 2006

Albany-- Thousands of pets are abused or neglected every year in Georgia. In 2000, lawmakers approved tougher penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty.  But are those laws working? Here in Albany, another possible case of animal cruelty was found.  Now, animal lovers are pushing for action.

Heavy panting and a wagging tail, two ways dogs vie for a little attention.  But then there are the sad eyes. "It breaks my heart to look at her," says Albany Humane Society Director Donna Strickland.

This cocker spaniel has no name and no home.  She was placed in a cage and left at the Albany Humane Society but it was not the act a good Samaritan.

"These people actually drove to the back of the building and left a dog that was in need of severe medical attention," says Strickland. Pictures were taken of the dog's injuries but they're too graphic for us to show. The bone of her right hind leg was completely exposed.

"All the flesh off of one leg had been ripped off. It was exposed bone, just a horrible situation. The dog couldn't even stand on her own and appeared to be in a lot of anguish," says Strickland.

The Humane Society doesn't have much money to care for wounded animals but they brought this dog to veterinarian Dr. Haley Hydrick. "It's shocking that someone can turn their head to this, to ignore it, to pretend that they don't even see it," says Hydrick.

Hydrick says the leg was unattended for at least two weeks.  Left too long, so it was completely unusable. "Nothing could save it so the only option was to take the leg off," says Hydrick.

But many animals aren't able to get such help.  Although animal abusers can now be charged with a felony, cases like these are still all too common.

"We've had dogs thrown over our fence with prolapsed uteruses, broken bones," says Strickland. So they're using this cocker spaniel as a lesson.  They're offering a generous reward for the arrest and conviction of the owner or whoever neglected the dog.

"We just decided we're going to make a difference in this dogs life and we're going to raise some awareness in this community that this type of neglect is not going to be tolerated," says Strickland.

Although she still has no name and lost a leg, she's helping to make a stand. "Animals never cease to amaze me. She's probably gonna be standing up in her cage tomorrow with three legs," says Hydrick.

And soon these sad eyes will turn to happy once again.  

Anyone with any information on this case should call 888-Pets.

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