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Animal services manager addresses rumors of abuse against impounded dog

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A frenzy took hold via social media as a photo of a bloodied Great Dane went viral on Facebook just days ago.

Along with the disturbing photo were accusations that the dog had been beaten by an animal control officer and then refused veterinary care; furthering the disturbing situation were rumors that the dog was to be put down.

On Thursday, Amber Adams, MPH, Animal Services Manager for the Galveston County, Texasm, Health District, addressed the situation, and provided an update on the dog's condition:

GCHD would like to provide an update on a Great Dane that entered the Animal Resource Center on Monday December 9th. There have been allegations that the dog was denied needed medical attention. These allegations are completely false. A resident called Monday and claimed to have an aggressive dog trapped in his garage. The dog was brought to the Animal Resource Center.

Due to her aggression at the time a catch pole was utilized, and the dog was biting the catch pole, as a result her mouth began to bleed. The condition of the dog was viewed by a veterinarian on Monday. On Tuesday, a claim of abuse was made and an investigator came to the ARC to view her. He attempted to take the dog to a vet, but could not without sedation due to her aggression. Late on Tuesday, the investigator returned with a veterinarian and he was unable to examine the dog due to aggression. He found the dog to not be in immediate danger and suggested the dog stay overnight and be sedated and examined on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, she was taken to a local veterinarian, sedated and examined. The findings indicated minor wounds to the lips and tongue consistent with biting a catch pole. She stayed the night at the clinic to recover from sedation. She was put on antibiotics and is expected to heal quickly.

She will not, and never was going to be euthanized. The dog was not deemed dangerous by animal control or the local veterinarian. The dog was picked up with license tags and the ARC staff has been actively searching for the dog’s owner.

On Thursday, Dr. Johnson with Scott Veterinary Clinic, posted the following update about the dog, named "Nina."

I understand that many people are very concerned about the Great Dane, Nina. Let me first say that contrary to the numerous rumors circulating she is in relatively good condition.

While I cannot go into great detail since this is an ongoing investigation, I can say her injuries are relatively minor. Also, to set everyone's minds at ease I will tell you there is NO plan to euthanize her at my clinic OR the animal shelter. I have spoken with Dr. Guidry and he agrees.

I will work with the shelter as needed to continue to help with her care until her owner is found or she is adopted. Thank you for all of the concern for Nina and offers to assist with her care.

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