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Tuesday, Apr 9, 2002County: Clark
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
A female boxer weighing 49 pounds, called Puppy Doe by shelter staff, was found on Tuesday crammed into a small carrier and left on the shelter's doorstep.
The dog's head was pushed up against the wire door, and she couldn't move.
The Southwest Washington Humane Society employees moved the carrier inside the shelter and opened the door to slowly coax the animal out. Puppy Doe didn't cry or whine but seemed resigned. Rick Collard, humane society executive director, said "She just looked very sad."
The staff members at the shelter were very upset saying, "That animal had to be stuffed into that crate."
The reward is being offered because we just want to find the people who did this.
The dog is believed to be between 3 and 5 years old. She was also suffering from a treatable physical problem known as vaginal hyperplasia.
The condition is thought to be caused by a hormonal imbalance. It causes the reproductive tissue to swell and push outside the body. Spaying the dog rebalances her system and the inflammation goes down within a week.
Shelter personnel said there isn't any reason for a dog to be abandoned so thoughtlessly. The shelter is open seven days a week and animals can be surrendered with few questions asked. No animal is turned away from the shelter, even the animals that have medical problems.
The incident is being investigated by Clark County Animal Protrection and Control as a case of animal cruelty. It is against both state and county law to abandon an animal. It is also illegal to place an animal into a container that's too small for it to stand up and to deny an animal medical care.
Puppy Doe will be available for adoption after she recovers.
A $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned the animal is being offered by the Humane Society.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Southwest Washington Humane Society
- The Columbian, Vancouver WA - Apr 10, 2002
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