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Case ID: 15255
Classification: Burning - Fire or Fireworks, Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009

County: Providence

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Local veterinarians say that an American Bulldog Pit-bull mix found on the highway in East Providence badly beaten and severely burned is holding up considerably well.

The 5 year-old dog named Yugo, by the vet staff was picked up by a woman who was driving in the area on Tuesday. The woman took him to the animal shelter on Commercial Way.

Vet officials say they have received over 100 calls, and nearly $1,000 dollars in donations to help in Yugo's recovery.

Officials say the animal had severe burns on his leg, one injury was infected he has a bite wound and injuries around his ears.

Veterinarians say because his wounds were so severe they thought they might have to put him down.

However, because the mix breed dog was wagging his tail and seemed to be in good spirits, vets decided to save him and treat his injuries.

Police are investigating this cruel case of animal cruelty and will press criminal charges against the person responsible. Yugo continues to recover at the East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk.

If you would like to donate in order to help in Yugo's recovery you can contact the East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk, Massachusetts at 1-508-336-3434.

Case Updates

"Yugo is doing well and the prognosis is great," according to an East Providence Animal Control Center supervisor.

The 80-pound American bulldog-pit bull mix has been spending his time at East Bay Animal Hospital in Seekonk, where veterinarians are treating his severely burned front legs with antibiotics and constant fresh bandages, according to William Muggle, the animal control supervisor at East Providence Animal Hospital. Muggle visited him two days ago.

"He is still a happy boy. His tail is still wagging," Muggle said. He said Yugo likes being with people, so the workers there spend time with him.

Muggle said Yugo will need treatment for a couple more months before he can be adopted. When that time comes, Defenders of Animals will visit the homes of prospective owners and will do veterinarian checks of the other animals there, he said. "Given what he's been through, we have to do everything we can," Muggle said.

Yugo has also received a free year's supply of medication, and when it is time for him to leave the shelter, and a company has offered to send him to his new home in a limo.

Yugo has helped his fellow shelter mates because people coming to visit him have adopted other dogs or cats at the shelter, Muggle said.

The outpouring of help for the friendly pup though donations and offers to adopt him has been astounding, Muggle said. To date people have donated appproximately $22,000 along with blankets, dog food, books, doggie beds, and a pig bone. The veterinary bills so far are up to $2,000, according to Muggle. Any left over donations will go toward the shelter and care of other animals, Muggle said.

Yugo was rescued Jan. 27 by a woman who saw him sitting on the side of the Henderson Bridge near the onramp to Providence and brougt him to the East Providence Animal Control Center. Yugo's burns were so severe he could barely stand. When it came time to decide what to do about a dog with such severe wounds, veterinarians decided to save his life because of his sweet disposition and wagging tail.
Source: Providence Journal - Feb 12, 2009
Update posted on Feb 16, 2009 - 6:54PM 


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