How in the world can a person hurt the innocent; those unable to fight back or even defend themselves? This would include babies, the elderly and animals – especially young animals.
Helen Woodward Animal Center, HWAC, located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, feels the same exact way. That is why they are actually offering a $5,000 reward for the tip that leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals who mutilated four sweet, innocent puppies. HWAC has taken action and is helping one of the canines. They have actually rehabilitated one of the pups enough so that he is now available for adoption.
The young dog’s name is Pongo. He and his siblings are Spaniel-blends. He is adorable save for the fact that the culprits removed his ears – viciously! Of course it could be worse since the puppies were actually left for dead, but lived to tell.
Animal welfare workers around the world are witness to such tragic abuse suffered by innocent animals at the hands of cruel individuals. Pongo has even the most stoic staffers of The Center feeling incredulous.
The puppy was abandoned, malnourished and suffered from extraordinary mutilation; his ears being cut off in a brutal fashion. He and his three siblings were thrown into a dumpster and left for dead. Even so, this meek little puppy is willing to expose his belly to anyone that could potentially offer him any kind of kindness. Since he is so loving, the staff and Board of HWAC is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone that can provide information that could lead to the arrest or arrests of the individuals that committed the atrocity.
Lizbeth Luna, a Helen Woodward Animal Center transfer partner who works primarily with Animal Advocates of the United States, commented “I have worked in animal rescue for over seven years and I don’t remember ever seeing a case like this one.” In May this year, the four puppies were discovered in Chula Vista, California when a friend of Luna’s heard cries coming from a nearby dumpster. Within the dumpster was a closed box holding the mutilated puppies, no more than 5 weeks old. Over the last 3 months, all four puppies have been provided veterinary and foster care but only Pongo has passed medical approval to begin his search for a forever home. It is hoped that the remaining puppies will continue their healing and become available for adoption in the weeks ahead.
Luna explained that the puppies may have been the product of inexperienced breeders who thought the ear removal – called “cropping” – would make the puppies cuter and thus, more valuable. “Cropping” is a practice some professional breeders still employ to certain canine breeds such as boxers and terrier-types but it is rarely, if ever, seen on spaniels. Luna suspects that once the procedure was crudely done, the offending individuals realized their mistake and simply threw the puppies away.
“We are looking for a compassionate adopter with a loving heart who can demonstrate how kind human beings can be,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. “There is a better world out there for this sweet puppy and we can’t wait for him to experience it.”
In the meantime, Helen Woodward Animal Center requests that anyone with information on the individuals responsible for this mutilation contact the Vice President of Operations Rita Truderung at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (858) 756-4117 x 303. The tip that leads to the arrest of this individual will receive a $5,000 reward. For information on the story, please contact PR Manager Jessica Gercke at email@example.com or by phone at (858) 756-4117 x 335 or PR Assistant Mindy Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (858) 756-4117 x 379.
Pongo is currently available for adoption and does not require medication or specialized care. As with all of the orphaned pets assisted by Helen Woodward Animal Center, they simply ask that Pongo receives as much love and affection as the adopter can possibly provide. For more information on Pongo, or to adopt Pongo, please contact the Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, visit www.animalcenter.org or if you are in the vicinity, stop by 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, California.