Sad Story Has Happy Ending for Local Dog - May. 10, 2012
A puppy beaten by his New Brunswick owner has been successfully rehabilitated at the P.E.I. Humane Society and adopted by a student from Charlottetown's Atlantic Veterinary College.
Riley, an eight-month-old Shih Tzu, was rescued from his home in Fredericton in February and taken to AVC after his owner beat him unconscious.
The owner was convicted of injuring an animal and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
The dog had several fractured bones in his legs and suffered head trauma.
After treatment at AVC Riley was rehabilitated at the P.E.I. Humane Society.
"That was a significant trauma inflicted to that dog. It was definitely rough in the first few days, wondering if he would recover from his head traumas," said Dr. Danielle Dun MacLean, a veterinarian at the Humane Society.
"Three or four times a day they would lie him down and exercise his limbs to make sure his muscles got exercised over the duration of his stay. So, I'm very pleased with his progress. Not very often do we have such a positive outcome from a cruelty case like this."
Riley recently went for his last check-up, and has fully recovered. His treatment cost over $2,000. Most of that was covered by a grant and the Humane Society will be fundraising for the rest.
A student from AVC decided to adopt the puppy.