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Thursday, Jun 9, 2011County: Saint Francis
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Alleged: Sheretha Hayes
On June 9, the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous phone call about a dog in distress.
When authorities responded to the call, they made a heartbreaking discovery.
Tethered and alone in the backyard of a rural home was a grievously injured 9 month old puppy - suffering in the 95 degree weather - no food....no shelter...no water.
The puppy, since named Phoenix, has been severely burned.
When he was first discovered, the dead tissue was hanging loosely from his back.
Another dog was at the property.
That dog had attempted to escape the blazing sun by burrowing into a hole in the ground. Unlike Phoenix, the dog in the hole did not survive.
Responding officers gave the dehydrated puppy some water when they first arrived - he happily lapped up the life-saving fluid. His instinct made him do something that may seem unusual afterwards.
He dug a hole, regurgitated the water, and then buried it under some leaves...his attempt to save the precious fluids for later.
Phoenix was taken in by the Forrest City Area Humane Society. He was promptly taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
The severity of his wounds was even more apparent at the vet hospital. As the layers of dead skin were gently washed away, maggots were discovered in his flesh.
Though the mere thought of maggots in the skin is enough to turn the stomach, it is believed that their presence may have saved Phoenix's life - they were able to eat the dead flesh, which most likely prevented a life-ending infection.
Phoenix is a survivor. He is expected to recover.
In true dog form - though Phoenix grew up under the "care" of a cruel individual, his own loving spirit has not been broken.
According to the Humane Society - he still greets people with a softly wagging tail - hoping for a touch of kindness.
Phoenix's owner, Sheretha Hayes, 23, of 81 SFC 247 was charged with animal cruelty. She is scheduled to appear in court on June 30 to face a judge for her crime.
To the un-named dog discovered in the hole - Rest in Peace. You did not deserve the cruel end so harshly dealt to you.
Those interested in following Phoenix's recovery can do so at his Facebook page, "Phoenix".
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