UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Confession made in the Van Gogh case.
It's heartbreaking to see animal abuse of any kind, but especially when it's a defenseless and vulnerable puppy or kitten. One look into their big innocent eyes and we wonder, How could anyone hurt you?
A woman found an 8-week old pit bull abandoned under a bridge at 69th Street in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania last Wednesday.
His ears had been cut off close to the base of his skull with scissors or a knife, and he was bleeding profusely from that area.
According to veterinarian Dr. Kelly Slattery, it appears that someone tried to crop the puppy's ears with the intention of him possibly becoming a "fighting dog." She said the puppy was crying in pain when he arrived at her office and was anemic from blood loss. He would have died if not for the woman who brought him there.
“I’ve been in the veterinary field for about 15 years and this is the worst case I’ve ever seen." ~ Dr. Kelly Slattery
He is reportedly doing much better, wagging his tail and acting playful - just like a puppy should.
Van Gogh is receiving therapeutic laser treatments and his ears are recovering nicely. The hospital states that he is not medically ready for adoption yet, and will be released to a foster home until the outcome of the investigation.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said police have no leads. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Upper Darby Police Department at (610) 734-7677.
"What happened to this pup was outrageous, violent and animal like behavior," he said.
Donations can be made to help Van Gogh and other animals like him through the Florida-based Veterinary Care Foundation.
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