Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dog fighting victim found barely alive in Southeast DC

DC Animal Welfare Examiner

On a routine trip to throw her garbage in the community dumpster, a female DC resident was horrified to find a mangled pitbull inside the dumpster, wrapped in a plastic bag. The dog’s head was outside the bag, and although bloodied from gashes and cuts, was clearly still alive and needed emergency help. The resident contacted the Washington Humane Society (WHS), who sent out an officer to evaluate the situation.

According to WHS, “Officer Eve Russell dug through the bags of garbage trying to find her body to pick her up and pull her out, when she realized she was sealed in the plastic bag, except for her head and left front leg, where it appeared as though she had chewed holes in the bag from the inside. The bag was wrapped tightly to her body with duct tape.”

This disgusting disregard for the still-conscious animal supports the findings of the Humane Society of the United States, which states that “often the owner of the losing dog will shoot or abandon the injured dog to die slowly from injuries.”

Thankfully this caring DC resident spotted the suffering dog and called authorities, who have since taken the dog to an emergency animal hospital where she remains in intensive care. The Washington Humane Society has named this survivor “Trooper,” true to her nature. Even as her body was lifted from the dumpster, the poor girl was too weak to stand, but attempted to wag her tail.

WHS is offering a $1500 award for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for this horrendous crime.

Photo of Trooper courtesy of the Washington Humane Society.