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Case ID: 18414
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011

County: El Paso

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 2 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

After witnessing a case of wanton cruelty, two Good Samaritans rescued a small dog from a busy highway.

On Aug. 10, a couple was coming up Ute Pass on their way to a camping trip when they noticed the vehicle in front of them slowing down. To their shock, they saw someone pitch a small dog out of the vehicle onto the busy highway and then speed away.

The couple immediately stopped and, while one blocked oncoming vehicles, the other approached the dog lying still in the middle of the road, wrapped her in a blanket and drove her to the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter.

When she arrived at the shelter, the 13-pound, white female dog with unusual black facial markings, a short tail and a long thin face - possibly a terrier mix - could not stand or walk and appeared to be quickly going into shock.

She was immediately transported by shelter staff to Veterinarian Dr. David Volz, owner of Animal Clinic of Woodland Park, for an evaluation.

After an exam and several x-rays it was determined that she had several pelvic fractures and a severe older break in her left rear leg. She was also estimated to be about 11-years-old, and, except for the considerable injuries, in excellent health.

There is some question as to whether the injuries occurred when the dog, which the shelter has named Mystery, was pitched out onto U.S. 24 or whether she was previously injured and then dumped. Whatever the situation, she is good-natured and is welcoming the attention at the clinic, Volz said.

The animal shelter, as a small, nonprofit shelter with limited funds to cover severe injuries and the extensive after-care necessary, is attempting to raise the several hundreds of dollars needed to pay for Mystery's care. Once little Mystery recovers in a foster home, she'll be available for adoption.

Any financial donations for Mystery's medical care can be made directly to TCRAS in person or via PayPal on the website: Please indicate that the donation is for "emergency medical care."

If donations exceed the need for this darling dog, the rest will remain in a fund for the next special animal that arrives at the shelter with significant needs.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Teller County Regional Animal Shelter Manager Mary Steinbeis


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