Puppy Victim of Domestic Abuse

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Rescue

APA! issued a press release today about a puppy that is now in our care. An abbreviated version is included here. KVUE news also ran a story about it, which you can watch or read. Information on how to help is at the bottom of the release. Check back here for updates on the puppy’s progress. For information on adopting the puppy, send an email to infoATaustinpetsaliveDOTorg.

An 8 week old male schnauzer mix was the latest victim in a domestic violence dispute. He paid the price for his owner’s irate boyfriend, when the man broke into his girlfriend’s house and took his aggressions out on her puppy. After he forced the puppy to drink dish soap, the dog was eventually rushed to the vet where his stomach was pumped, and he was treated for gastric and esophageal ulcerations.

Last Friday, the boyfriend returned again, and was believed to have kicked the puppy or slammed him against the wall. The dog suffered brain trauma and was not able to stand, see, or eat. He also suffered other serious traumas, including a rupture of his lungs that made it difficult for him to breath.
The woman turned to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (WRR) in Kendalia for help and to keep him safe (www.wildlife-rescue.org). WRR immediately took the puppy to an emergency hospital in San Antonio where miraculously the puppy began to improve and was then transferred to Austin Pets Alive! for continued care.
He will need supportive care to give him the nutrition and pain medicine he needs while he recovers. Today he stood for the first time for a few seconds, but he is still in grave danger because of the lung rupture. While he stabilizes, surgery on his lung lobe is being discussed but could cost thousands of dollars. Austin Pets Alive! is asking for donations for the considerable vet bills. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! says their organization is committed to finding him a good loving home once he is stable.
To make a tax deductible donation to cover his hospital bills and help other pets like him in need, please contact Lake Austin Blvd Animal Hospital at 474-8888 or visit AustinPetsAlive.org
For more information about legal proceedings against the individual who did this, please contact Executive Director Lynn Cuny at Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation at 830 336-3636.

3 Responses to "Puppy Victim of Domestic Abuse"

  1. joanne1965says: July 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    There is a special place in hell for this man and the actions he has taken. I am positive Phoenix will be well loved, cared for and come out of htis stronger than ever. It never ceases to amaze me the cruelty one person can inflict on another living creature. I am a volunteer/foster parent at the local humane society in my hometown and believe in the strongest and most severe punishments for abusers such as this. Phoenix puppy, there are so many loving people out there to take care of you. Be strong, fight to live and learn to be happy again.

  2. momtocatssays: July 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I agree. I don’t understand how anyone could do that to a defenseless animal. I hope this little guy gets to live a long and happy life with a loving family.

  3. hocka01says: July 16, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I cannot get this little angel out of my mind since seeing this news story. I hope this guy is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and then some. I have 3 schnauzers, and looking into little Phoenix’s eyes reminds me so much of my smallest one. My heart just breaks for the pain he has endured, and will have to endure in the future. Please keep posting updates on his condition. God and all the Other Powers That Be watch over him and those who are caring for him.