The six-pound tortured baby coyote found in a Santa Maria alleyway in California and rescued by a Good Samaritan at the beginning of the month, is making a remarkable recovery announced the Animal Rescue Team Inc in Solvang on Wednesday.
When discovered, an electrical cable had been wrapped around the puppy's torso, and she had been deserted and tethered to a post without food or water.
Three weeks ago, the pup was rescued by the Animal Rescue Team. She was diagnosed as being dehydrated, starving and had puncture wounds to her back. She also had a severely broken bottom jaw; veterinarians were unsure if the injuries were caused by the pup struggling to get loose or if she had been tortured while being kept in captivity.
Surgeons operated on the pup's jaw removing the protruding bone and two cracked baby teeth. Fortunately her permanent teeth were in tact, and now that the muzzle, used to steady her jaw while it healed has been removed, she has been reported to be making amazing progress.
Although staff and volunteers rarely name wild animals, as not to become emotionally attached, this youngster was another story. Her story hit the hearts of animal lovers across the nation, and it is unknown at this time if Sierra (the coyote's name) will be able to be returned to the wild.
Sierra does have orphaned coyotes to keep her company, and she has been gaining weight and growing up "coyote."
According to ksby.com, the ultimate goal is to return all wildlife to their natural habitats. Julia Di Sieno, of the Animal Rescue Team organization stated:
"We try to release our wildlife in the fall, but because of the drought, right now we're gonna hold off and wait until we get a few rains, so she's got a ways to go. She's very small and very behind the growth schedule.
If veterinarians feel Sierra should not be returned to the wild, the Fish and Wildlife Department will relocate her to a living museum where she will be safe from human predators and used as part of an educational program for the protection and conservation of coyotes.
There have been no arrests associated with the cruelty investigation; the reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this cruelty remains at $7,000.
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