Dog found with severe burns
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MEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Animal Services has taken in a dog suffering from very bad burns, which are believed to be the result of animal abuse.
It's hard to see the injuries to this dog from outside of the cage at Miami-Dade Animal Services where he is recovering. The unnamed pooch is in so much pain it is hard for him to move or even lay down. "This is a very disturbing case," said Kathy Labrada, spokesperson of Miami-Dade Animal Services.
Officials took pictures of the dog shortly after he was found in North Miami to give a better idea of the cruelty he had experienced. The majority of the second and third degree burns were found on the dog's back, where most of his fur and skin are gone. A man, who preferred to remain anonymous, found the dog wandering near his home.
The owner of the home where the dog was found has been cited with animal cruelty charges, though she has denied any responsibility. She said, a man who rented a room from her owns the dog.
Regardless, Animal Services said because it is her house, the ticket is her responsibility. "They're telling me that I have to pay a ticket, and if I don't, there will be a lien on my house, but it's not my dog," said the homeowner, who preferred not to identify herself.
She also said the man who owns the dog has said the dog has a rash, and the wounds resulted from a reaction he had to the medicine he had placed on the dog's back. Animal Services contended that is not likely at all, and the wounds look like a result of burns.
Animal Services, in the meantime, is now doing what it can for the dog. "We are keeping him as comfortable as we possibly can," Labrada said. "He is in an incredible amount of pain."
The hope now is that he can find a home to at least recover in. Finding that home will be tricky, however. Because of the pain and injuries, the dog may not make a good candidate for a family with children, as he is a bit temperamental. However, Animal Services officials hope a rescue group with access to a veterinarian will step up to offer care for this canine.
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