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Saturday, Dec 31, 2011

County: Navajo

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 1 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Someone shot a mixed breed dog in the right side and right leg with a pellet gun before New Year's nearly crippling the animal. The pellet in her side traveled up beside her spine. The one in her leg stayed in place. Complications from her injuries resulted in her miscarrying six puppies which she was unable to pass leaving the dog's uterus full of puss.

The infection was so bad her uterus had to be completely removed in order to save her life.

When the dog, now named Aspen, was taken to the Aspen Ridge Animal Hospital it was uncertain that she would live.

Aspen was found in pain by a Show Low resident dragging her right leg behind her. The resident immediately took her to Dr. Elizabeth Ellis at the hospital. Ellis said the people who brought Aspen in wanted to keep her and pay for her emergency care and recovery, but they did not have the financial resources to do it.

An animal abuse report was filed with Show Low Police Officer Eddie Lowengren, but it is still an ongoing investigation with few clues for investigators to follow, according to Animal Control Officer Doug Brinkerhoff.

In the meantime Aspen has been "adopted" by Aspen Ridge staff and put under their care with the aid of the hospital's Giving Paws Fund.

So far Aspen's medical treatment has cost more than $1,000.

Ellis said Aspen has regained about 50 percent of the use of her right hind leg, but she still drags the paw a bit. Only time will tell if Aspen will regain more of the use of her leg, or if it will have to be amputated.

Regardless, Ellis says, Aspen is doing well on her way to recovery.

Aspen is not too fond of collars or leashes.

Ellis said Aspen has had some level of socialization, but does not know if she had a home or was just being kept by someone.

There was no microchip in her neck and no one has called in about her so Ellis simply does not know anything about Aspen other than she is a very affectionate, potty trained, mild-mannered dog who is looking for a loving home.

Oh yeah, she loves to give kisses.

Ellis said Aspen gets along very well with other dogs and children, but cats are something a little different. Aspen does not go after cats, she just tends to bark and keep them at a distance. With some more socialization and patience that might be changed though.

Right now Aspen is on a strict regime of antibiotics.

The problem with her back leg is that according to Ellis, the outside of a dog's nerves only heal at a rate of about an inch per-month. So it will take some time to see how much of the use of her leg she will regain. "We are hoping for full recovery," Ellis said.

Anyone who would like to donate to Aspen's care is asked to call the hospital at (928) 537-4000 or drop it off at the hospital located at 5642 White Mountain Avenue behind Al's Mountain RV.

People are asked to note on their donations that the money is for Aspen's care.

Ellis said if not for the hospital's Giving Paws Fund treating homeless animals like Aspen would be almost impossible.

"It is only because of caring, generous people donating to the fund that we are able to save these animals lives and I want to be able to thank each and every individual who has given to the fund," she said.

Anyone with any information about Aspen is asked to call Show Low Animal Control Officer Eddie Lowengren at (928) 537-4365.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Animal Control Officer Eddie Lowengren
(928) 537-4365


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