While Guilford County Animal Shelter held a fundraiser with Susie of Susie’s Law to help raise money for abused animals, a 4 month old lab/pit bull mix was found wandering near an intersection in Greensboro with severe burns to over 45-50% of his body.
Kelley Gebhardt, a vet and the owner at the Happy Tails Clinic where the dog is being treated, says the puppy is stable, but will need extensive care, “The severity of this one, well, it definitely prompted us to call and report an animal cruelty case.”
This occurs less than a month after Gov. Perdue signed Susie’s Law, raising the penalty for animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony. This will be investigated as an animal cruelty case by Guilford County Sheriff Dept.
The puppy will be taken to Guilford County Animal Shelter for extensive care which will likely be over $4,000. The money for the care will come from Susie’s Miracle Fund. There was around $6,000 collected at the fundraiser today.
Here is a slideshow of puppy, injuries are graphic, be forewarned.
Director of the Shelter asks that anyone that would like to donate that couldn’t make it today, can still contribute. Donations can be made through Susie’s Law facebook page or through GCAS website.
Along these same lines on 07/12 a 9 week old puppy was set on fire in Cumberland Co. here in NC. The puppy is a Pit Bull named “Red. The abuse occurred during a domestic dispute the suspect had with his wife. The man claimed he was tired of caring for the puppy. This puppy suffered blisters and gashes along his left leg and hip.
Tony Brian Knolle, 24, of 549 McBain Drive, was arrested at his home and charged with felony animal cruelty.
“It tears me up. I hate to see any animal like this,” Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jonathan Perkins said. “With animals and domestic violence, it will start with the animals and then move to the kids and the wife.”
The puppy was taken to the Cumberland County Shelter for medical care. “He’s going to be fed. He’s going to be housed. There’s no chance he’s going to be put down or anything,” Perkins said. “Animals are defenseless. You can’t help but feel bad for the animal.”
Knolle was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.
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