Unfortunately, we hear these stories often. An act of evil upon an animal has happened yet again.
It occurred on Valentine's Day, a 10-month-old pit bull was maliciously tied to a car and dragged for several miles before the driver decided to leave the dog behind to die alone. The courageous pup found the strength to look for help, making her way into a Lyme plant in Lucerne Valley, Calif.
The brutally attacked puppy's mouth was duct-taped shut, her paws severed from the ropes, and her skull distressed from the rocks that hit her through-out the dragging process.
Employees of Omya California, Inc (the lyme factory), contacted Sounds of Silent Spirits Rescue in an effort to help the injured pup, now named Valentine. They in turn requested the help of Helping Paws Rescue. Together, they were able to rescue and care for Valentine.
In spite of all the pain and cruelty Valentine endured, she was still able to show love and appreciation to her rescuers through tail wagging and affection. Valentine's actions show the emotional likeness animals have to mankind, and deserve just as much kindness as we expect from others.
Sheree Lutter of Helping Paws Rescue and one of Valentine's rescuers, revealed that cases like this are not at all uncommon. It is often that animal rescuers discover injured or deceased dogs in the desert.
Even more horrifying, is the image of trucks being driven around with bloody dogs in the back, allegedly injured from dog fighting events. Why aren't these vehicles being stopped by law enforcement?
A $5,000 reward has been set for any information leading to the conviction of the immoral individual that inflicted such harm to Valentine. Please contact 301-403-5089 if you have any information.
In addition, an organizition by the name of Rock and Rescue has set up a donation fund for Valentine. This nonprofit hosts musical events to help raise awareness of dog rescue efforts. Check out Rock and Rescue's website here.
And please, if you see an injured or abused animal, take the time to help them, they feel pain just as much as we do.