Owner, teens facing cruelty charges after dog found with legs cut off
UPDATE: Deputies have arrested three people after a dog was found viciously abused in St. Tammany Parish.
The sheriff's office says it has arrested the 50-year-old owner on animal cruelty charges after failing to seek proper medical treatment for the dog. The owner''s 17-year-old daughter is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after she was deemed the one responsible for the dog's condition.
A third person, 17-year-old friend, was charged with cruelty for abandoning the animal. The sheriff's office has not released the names of the individuals.
The owner and the second teen have since been released from custody. The daughter was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Monday.
Buddy is still stable and recovering. The investigation is ongoing.
SLIDELL - A dog is on the road to recovery after it was horribly abused and left to die on the Northshore.
WWL reports deputies are investigating the horrific case involving Buddy, a dog who was found shot and with his hind legs seemingly cut off by a saw blade in a Slidell mobile home park.
Renee Purdy and other members of Dante's Hope Rescue East have been tending to his wounds.
"The vet, what he said is, it's not from (being) hit by a car. It's not from an animal and it's not from a trap. It is a clean cut, like the bone that is exposed, is a clean cut," Purdy told WWL.
Buddy's already had to undergo a blood transfusion, among other procedures. Before long he'll have to undergo surgery again to amputate his tail, which is exposed down to the bone. X-rays also show he was shot twice.
Dante's Hope has set up a fund to pay for Buddy's veterinary care. So far it's raised about $10,000. They hope to pay for a wheelchair so that he'll be able to get around on his own.
The sheriff's office says it's still investigating the area where Buddy was found so that they might find whoever's responsible.
You can read more on Buddy and how to donate by clicking here.
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