Update 9/11/13: The case has already gone cold with no leads on the teens responsible for Zuri's horrific injuries. In an effort to lure someone forward with information, a reward fund has been created by Zuri's rescuers. The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime is up to $3,000.
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A puppy, dubbed "Zuri," by her rescuers, is recovering from severe injuries which she received from teenage boys who inexplicably chose to beat her in a yard in Balch Springs, Texas.
The tiny pup, who weighs just seven pounds, had been found by a woman who was hoping to locate the her owners. The puppy was outside in the woman's yard just days ago when the woman heard the puppy's screams...
Little Zuri was being beaten by teenage boys who were repeatedly hitting her with tree branches. When the woman caught sight of them, they ran.
The local authorities were contacted, but the suspects had already fled, leaving behind, one seriously wounded puppy. The police transported the wounded puppy to animal control, who in turn, contacted an area rescue.
Carissa Harris, who works with Janice Wolf of Rocky Ridge Refuge, caught wind of what had taken place, and together, the women decided to step up to take responsibility for Zuri's veterinary expenses and care.
The puppy was taken to their veterinarian and Wolf shared the following update:
She was given pain meds and antibiotics and will be having surgery and facial x-rays on Thursday once she is stable.
Her jaw may be broken, and possibly other facial fractures, but nothing appears displaced.
The most obvious injury is a ruptured eye that appears to have had a stick rammed through it. Even with this horrific abuse and trauma, she wagged her tail for Carissa :)
Carissa has named her 'Zuri', which means 'beautiful'
The police are investigating this horrific act of cruelty. Officer Cody Rager, who responded to the scene, shared the following:
I'll just say we're doing absolutely everything we can to bring whoever did this to justice. I have such a soft spot for animals in my heart, and have 100% fallen in love with this pup. I lost a lot of sleep the night of the incident dwelling on what else I could've done to help her, as she was by herself in pain at our cities (sic) animal shelter.
While on duty, I spent much of my day with her the day after, making sure she was comfortable and felt cared about. She was in good spirits and crawled around, playing on my leg for a few. She's Is definitely a trooper and a strong fighter. I would actually love to be the one to keep her... I will give updates on her status as they become available.
This incident took place in the 11000 block of Oak View in Balch Springs; if you have information in regards to this case, please contact the Balch Springs, Texas police.
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