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05/04/08-Marshall

Dog Survives Dragging In Harrison County

Animal control officers and rescue workers in Harrison County are trying to save an 18-month-old dog after a motorist found him on the side of the road Wednesday near Harleton. Investigators say the dog was dragged behind a vehicle, and are worried the animal may not be the last dog hurt. 

"What has this animal done to deserve to be treated that way," said Tyler animal rescue worker Denise Wilson.  When the Boxer, named Gunny, was brought in to Allred Veterinary Clinic in Marshall, Wednesday workers could hardly believe it.

"My findings did reveal this dog had been dragged behind a car, which is a crime, with the injuries consistent with the feet being injured by trying to stop itself and then eventually dragging on the ground," said Marshall Animal Control Officer Eva Sepulvado.  Gunny has terrible wounds to his feet and flanks, but amazingly he survived.

"He has an exposed bone, which will most likely have to be amputated in this coming week," said Veterinary Technician Mandi Little.

"My first reaction was I thought I was going to be sick," said Wilson.  "Why, why would anybody want to do something to an animal that unconditionally loves you."  Gunny is not the first dog to be dragged.  Investigators say they found another dog with similar injuries just two months ago.

"Because this was not the first dog found in this area, we immediately were concerned that we perhaps had a serial animal abuser on our hands," said Sepulvado.  After his examination, Gunny was found to be neutered, possibly someone's missing pet.  Gunny will require surgery and healing time, and those who've cared for him hope the one who did this, will be brought to justice.

"We need to find out who's doing this and put a stop to it now," said Sepulvado.  Gunny will require surgery and extensive vet care.  If you'd like to help with donations, call Allred Veterinary Clinic in Marshall at 903-938-6629.  If you have any information on the dragging, call the Marshall Police Department.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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