Friday, January 30, 2009
EAST PROVIDENCE — In the end, it was Yugo’s wagging tail that saved him.
A woman found the male American bulldog-pit bull mix sitting on the side of the Henderson Bridge Tuesday, near the on-ramp to Providence. The brown-and-white dog’s front legs were burned so severely, he could barely stand. He had another burn on his right ear.
The woman lifted the 80-pound dog into her car and took it to East Providence Animal Control Center, where workers took it to the East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk.
More projo videos William Muggle, animal control supervisor at the East Providence Animal Control Center, said yesterday that the burns, about two weeks old, were so bad that veterinarians considered putting the dog to sleep. But, he said, “the dog had a great disposition, even with the severity of his wounds. I was picking him up to walk him up the stairs of the ER, and he wagged his tail and he didn’t growl.”
Because of the dog’s compact size, workers at the animal control center named him Yugo, after the automobile built in Yugoslavia in the 1980s.
Muggle said Yugo’s care will cost hundreds of dollars. He said workers at the animal control center raised more than $100 for his care, and other animal advocacy agencies also contributed. The animal control center is looking for donations for Yugo’s care; call (401) 435-7675.
The agency is also looking for information about the dog’s owner. The owner did nothing about Yugo’s wounds, Muggle said. About five years old, the dog was also malnourished.
Muggle said the veterinarian could not determine whether the burns came from a chemical or hot water, but it did not appear that the dog had stepped in the liquid, because his paws were not burned.