A puppy beaten and buried alive got a second chance to live after he was discovered by animal rescuers.
The mixed breed pup was found in Augusta, Georgia, buried alive with a huge bump on his head and several ant bites, according to Westside Animal Hospital veterinarian Scarlett Timmons. He was reportedly trying to dig his way out of the hole when he was rescued.
“When this little guy came in he was nearly comatose,” Timmons told WATE 6. “He could not stand or hardly look at you, much less eat or drink when he came in.”
Since being rescued, the staff has named the pup Moxie. He is currently in isolation on an IV.
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“Potentially could be long term affects,” Timmons said of Moxie’s brain. “There is still a large amount of swelling in his head. It could be a period of time before we know the extent of damages, but we are pleased to see him regain normal function of being able to eat and drink and stand on his own.”
Currently, Moxie’s bills are being paid by Dog Networking Agents, a non-profit group. The group has offered a reward to anyone with information regarding Moxie’s case.
Although no charges are being filed and there is no investigation underway, Sgt. Shane McDaniel of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said animal abuse is taken very seriously. Charges for animal cruelty can range from misdemeanor charges to felony charges. Additionally, anyone charged with animal cruelty can face up to $15,000 in fines.
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