Two terrible cases of animal abuse have come out of Coachella, California.
In April of this year, an uncaring woman seemingly dropped a handful of puppies wrapped in a plastic bag into a hot dumpster.
While wandering about the city, a homeless man found one of the puppies in a plastic bag in the dumpster, according to WGNO.
That’s terrible enough on its own, but it got so much worse as more was discovered.
Burns littered roughly one-third of the 2-week-old animal’s tiny body. The injury began at the puppy’s head area and ran down her back, KCBS-TV stated.
Soon after the man made the discovery, Georgina Zazueta and her daughter Alejandra Espinoza Zazueta became the proud owners of the little dog. Her condition changed their lives.
“Very bad, bleeding and crying and very bad,” Alejandra Zazueta told KCBS-TV. “I mean, what a little puppy can do to you to deserve that kind of thing?”
They quickly carried the puppy to a veterinarian’s office in Sherman Oaks, California, where she got urgent care. But due to the complexity and dangerous nature of her wounds, the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation had her moved to McGrath Veterinary Center.
“She’s so tiny,” Ellie Roberto of Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation said. “She’s so vulnerable, and she’s two weeks old, and she’s witnessed this much abuse.”
Veterinarians were aware that there was a long road ahead. The harm done to Hope (the dog’s new name) was horrible and extensive.
“Generally, to cause complete necrosis of the skin like that is one of two causes,” Dr. Brian McGrath said.
“Either contact with something very, very hot, a contact thermal burn or getting something poured on that’s chemically corrosive.”
Thankfully, Hope has grown stronger under their care, and McGrath believes she will make a great recovery.
“Combating those complications, she has not developed an infection. Her blood work is getting normal, and she’s getting less painful, and she’s growing more skin every day,” he said.
The only negative is that police still have not found the abuser who hurt the pup so badly, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped looking.