There is a reward for $1,000 set for information in the arrest of the person or people who abused the dog. The dog has been nicknamed “Indy” and was found hobbling down a street in North Hollywood on July 5. Indy is recovering from the severe burns he received all over his body from the firecracker.
Indy is approximately 3 years old and is an American Staffordshire terrier (Pit Bull). Dr. Daniel Slaton of the West Village Animal Hospital treated Indy when he was retrieved from the streets.
There were fireworks strapped to him and they lit them on fire. That’s the burn mark patters through the back of the legs. As he was walking, it was burning the back of his feet.
Slaton describes the dog’s injuries as the most extreme of the July 4 injuries he has ever treated.
Indy is in the animal shelter, healing and awaiting adoption. Shelter volunteer Allison Polumbus stated the attack as “deliberate, vicious and cruel.”
It’s really hard to see an animal in this kind of pain. We saw him without the bandages. It’s orrific, it’s gory and you can’t even imagine the pain he’s in.
Indy’s injuries will require a long recovery time, along with several surgeries. A medical fund was set up to help cover Indy’s treatment. To donate, go to www.startrescue.org.