Covered in blood and left for dead in a tied-up trash bag, an abandoned puppy was rescued by a woman out on her morning walk in Fontana, California, after she heard heard whimpering in a nearby field. Following the sound, Karen Herrera and opened the trash bag to find a small puppy curled inside. She told KTLA:
She was scared and cold. I patted her on the back of her spine and she was bleeding.
Herrera immediately called the police and another resident wrapped the puppy in a blanket as they all waited for Animal Services to arrive, according to the Fontana Police Department.
Animal Services Officers then took the puppy to an animal hospital and found out that the dog, whom they called Gladys, was suffering from bite marks and mange — a treatable skin disease.
The puppy is now recovering at the Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Staff say that the bites on her head indicate that Gladys was used as a victim dog on which to train pit bulls to attack. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. A puppy, named Gladys by her rescuers, is on the mend after being left for dead in a bag.
2. A passerby heard the dog whimpering and found her inside this tied-up trash bag in a field.
3. Karen Herrera discovered the dog in the tied-up bag while on a walk two days before Thanksgiving.
4. Herrera said that Gladys, pictured after she was found, was scared and had blood on her back.
Police do not yet know who dumped the dog but are asking that anyone with information call the Fontana Police Department anonymous hotline at 909-356-TIPS. Fontana Animal Services Supervising Officer Jamie Simmons said:
It is a felony in California to subject any animal to unjustifiable suffering and neglect. If you cannot afford veterinary care there are other options such as rescue groups, local shelters, or humane euthanasia through a licensed veterinarian to prevent its suffering.
Gladys is said to be recovering well and is making friends with the other dogs.
5. She was taken to an animal hospital where staff found she was covered in bite marks and mange.
6. When she first arrived at the rescue center, staff noticed that she seemed depressed and withdrawn.
7. Gladys at the time she was found.
8. This image shows how the puppy’s skin is improving since she was found.
9. Gladys is now improving and will be put up for adoption when she has recovered in a few months.
And here is the video report:
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