Dog's Ear Ripped Off, Police Seek Those Responsible
It's a case no animal lover ever expects. An owner finds her dog with severe trauma, including one of its ears ripped off. Pro 8 News reporter Brenda Medina spoke with the pet's owner and the veterinarian who treated the innocent dog.
The fury little dog endured great pain and was just released from the veterinarian's. Tuesday night its family and authorities are hoping you can help track down the person or people responsible.
"This looks to me like somebody took a pair of scissors or a knife and just sliced the ear right off,” said Dr. Sandra Leyendecker from Critter Care veterinary clinic.
It's a painful amputation putting a 3-year-old terrier through severe pain and anguish.
"It's like cutting off a finger or part of your own ear. It's quite painful,” Leyendecker added.
Dr. Leyendecker cared for Chocolate all week placing him under supervision, antibiotics and pain medicine. "We just sutured what was left of the skin to the inner ear just to kind of keep it closed."
Chocolate was finally released Tuesday, but the whole cruel incident happened this past weekend in northwest Laredo in the Mescalero and Riverbank Drive neighborhood. His owner who preferred to not show her face on camera recounts the unfortunate incident. "Sunday morning the pets ran out. I was able to bring in two of my pets but there was one missing which was Chocolate,” the pet owner said. “Since it was pretty dark, I wasn't able to see him."
A few hours later she heard scratching on the door and a dog crying. "I felt this very intense eerie feeling. I had never seen such cruelty done. I was frightened."
Not only did she find him bloody and missing an ear, "He had this metal wire hanging from his butt,” she described. “Attached to the metal wire was a beer can."
The way they placed it is shocking and unbelievable.
"The wire was wrapped around the tail to hold it in place and then inserted rectally in to the anus about 4 inches or so,” Dr. Leyendecker explained. “So when the dog would run it would continually irritate and poke the poor dog."
"First I took it as a personal shock but then I figured it must have been someone that was drunk or under the influence,” said the pet owner.
Wagging his tail once again and surrounded by his other four-legged friends, Choco's owner is hoping those responsible will be caught. "I want people to know that there's cruel persons out there that harm animals and if the person is found I would want them to go and face the full force of the law. This was really unnecessary cruelty done to such a sweet pet."
"I feel sorry for people that do these kinds of things, shame on them,” Leyendecker added.
If you may have seen, heard something this past weekend or know who's responsible for this severe case of animal cruelty, you're urged to call Crimestoppers at 727-TIPS or 727-8477.
All calls will remain anonymous and if your information leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a reward of up $1,000.