Kristina Murphy of Havertown, Pa. admitted on Thursday she cut the ears off of a puppy she originally told authorities she found abandoned under the 69th Street Bridge in Upper Darby the previous day, according to cbslocal.com.
On Friday, the Delco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Humane Investigation team removed ten pets from Murphy's apartment. The two chihuahuas, a German shepherd, a beagle and Yorkshire terrier mix, kitten and reptiles and exotic birds were transferred to the Delaware County SPCA. Murphy, 19, surrendered all the animals to authorities.
Murphy stated she lied about finding the puppy now dubbed Van Gogh, with his ears cut off because she couldn't afford veterinarian care. In a statement posted by cbslocal.com, Murphy stated:
“It was around 11:45 I pick up (the) puppy from (a) breeder. He had fleas and scabs on him. I took him home to clean off the scabs and fleas. I was cutting old scabs off when I cut his ear off. I panicked and cut the other one. I wrapped his head so the bleeding would stop. I said I found him so he could get medical care that I could not afford.”
Adorable Van Gogh was operated on at the Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital, and despite his very painful start in life, is expected to make a full recovery. He already has several offers for adoption, and when he is fully recovered, this little bundle of cuteness who happens to be a pit bull breed, will be going to his new home.
Authorities think the puppy may have been intended to be a fighting dog or possibly a bait dog for fighting dogs learning how to fight. Cutting off the ears of the dogs is common practice to avoid the other dogs from grabbing during a fight.
On The Kindness Page, a poster expressed the feelings of many animal lovers and humane advocates with the following statement:
"What the heck is wrong with people? Why can't people just be kind instead of such a-holes? Such a disgusting person to have done this to a defenseless innocent life."
Criminal animal cruelty charges are expected to follow early next week against Murphy.
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