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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007
Alleged: 18 year old female
As an animal cruelty investigator, Debby Houghton has seen a lot of things she wishes she could forget -- including the horrific sight that greeted her when she walked into an Oshawa home three weeks ago.
A tiny seven-month-old puppy was so emaciated she was just skin stretched over bone, with eyes sunken into her head.
"It was pretty bad, she was so fragile I was afraid to pick her up, I thought it might break her bones," Ms. Houghton recalls. "I didn't think she was going to make it."
Luckily, Sadie is a fighter.
The mixed breed puppy received emergency veterinary care and is now on the mend.
An 18-year-old Oshawa woman has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty, following an investigation by the Humane Society of Durham Region-SPCA Investigations Department. She will appear in a Durham court next month.
While Sadie's story looks like it will have a happy ending, the Humane Society of Durham Region is now concerned about the huge cost of her vet bills.
So far, the puppy has required about $4,000 in care, which has been paid for out of the Society's Gift for Life Fund. The special fund, supported by donors, is set up to help injured or abused animals that require extensive medical care.
"Oshawa is a very busy area and we want to make sure there is money in the fund for the next animal that comes in and needs care," Ms. Houghton explained.
The Humane Society is asking the community to help by donating funds to help offset the cost of Sadie's care.
To donate, contact the Humane Society of Durham Region at 905-433-3965.
- Durham Region News - April 18, 2007
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