Roadrunner the Tibetan Spaniel was thrown off the third-floor balcony of an apartment building in Kansas City, Missouri, and had his eyes removed because of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his former owner Kimberly Anderson.
The good news is that Roadrunner was taken in by The Kansas City Pet Project, an animal shelter in Missouri, and is expected to make a good recovery.
An eyewitness testifies that Anderson took the 12-pound dog and threw him from the third-floor balcony of their apartment building in the 1200 block of Independence Avenue in November and that she wrapped a leash around Roadrunner’s neck, picked him up and slammed him to the ground.
Anderson then allegedly choked the Spaniel a second time and kicked him, leaving him outside in great pain. Surgeons were forced to remove Roadrunner’s damaged eyes and repair his broken pelvis.
1. Roadrunner the dog needed to have his eyes removed because of the alleged abuse meted out to him by his former owner Kimberly Anderson, 36.
2. According to eyewitnesses, Kimberly Anderson, pictured, threw the 12-pound Tibetan spaniel, from the third-floor balcony of an apartment building in the 1200 block of Independence Avenue in November.
3. Surgeons had to remove his damaged eyes and repair his broken pelvis after the abuse.
Since his surgery, Roadrunner has been healing in a foster home and was neutered last week.
Tori Fugate, manager of marketing for The Kansas City Pet Project, told The Kansas City Star:
We wanted to show how well he is doing and show his recovery has just been amazing. He is just doing great.
He is adjusting very, very well. He gets along great with the two other dogs in his foster home. He loves playing with them, and he loves playing with toys.
He’s just acting like a normal dog. He is very cautious when he moves around and walks around in case he bumps into something. But if he bumps into it, he corrects himself.
4. The Tibetan spaniel has managed to develop new skills to cope with being blind.
5. Roadrunner appears in this photo shoot showing just how resilient he is after the attack.
6. The photographs were shot by Kaye Ness Photography and show the dog in a variety of poses, including relaxing on a red velvet sofa.
Roadrunner has even managed to develop a number of useful new skills to cope with his blindness. Fugate said that he can now quickly pinpoint his location and gets around with ease.
She says that he is able to walk into their office on his own and can figure out precisely where things are located.
The Kansas City Pet Project revealed that donations have covered most of the Spaniel’s medical expenses, including multiple surgeries.
Meanwhile, the dog’s former owner is awaiting trial in the Jackson County jail. She has been charged with animal abuse, a felony, as well as with animal abandonment, a misdemeanor. Anderson is held on a $10,000 bond.
Roadrunner will remain in a foster home until he finds a new owner. There has already been a lot of interest in him from all over the United States.
The Spaniel has even starred in his own photo shoot with Kaye Ness Photography striking a variety of poses on a red velvet sofa, sporting a tie and with a toy bone. Fugate said:
We are hoping to make an announcement soon about his future and what is going to happen. He has been medically cleared now.
7. Tori Fugate, manager of marketing for The KC Pet Project wraps her arms around Roadrunner.
8. Roadrunner, seen here, plays with a toy as he continues to stage a recovery.
9. Little Roadrunner, seen here surrounded by a bunch of his furry friends in a suitcase, will continue to live in a foster home, until he can find a new owner.
10. The amazing dog has already had a great deal of interest from potential owners from all over the U.S.
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