$10,000 Reward Offered To Find Person(s) Who Stabbed Senior Dog And Left Her For Dead
Humane Rescue Alliance received a call on July 12 about an abandoned dog near the Fort Totten Metro tracks. The rescue team was heartbroken when they arrived and found an emaciated senior dog covered in blood.
“When we arrived on the scene, we found an injured and emaciated senior-aged dog covered in blood and parasites. She had what appeared to be stab wounds on her face and the back of her head. There were many other unidentified wounds on her back. One of her eyes was infested with thousands of maggots, and a wound on the back of her head was so deep it fractured her skull,” reported the rescue team.
They named the sweet girl Ladybell and rushed her to an emergency clinic. “Her injuries and body condition were so severe that she couldn’t even stand up or walk on her own,” wrote the rescue. “Ladybell was in immense pain, and she was terrified. We can’t begin to imagine what she has endured.”
She was near death and rescuers weren’t sure if she was going to make it. But the resilient pup pulled through surgery and with a generous dose of pain meds and antibiotics started to improve. The medical team was able to save her eye and her long road to recovery began.
Upon further examination, the medical team discovered that the senior girl also suffered from multiple health conditions. “She has hip dysplasia, several rotting teeth, arthritis and a spinal injury that prevents her from walking normally. Despite her injury, she is already able to walk on her own with little assistance,” posted the rescue in an update.
Once it was clear that Ladybell was going to pull through, she was moved into a loving foster home for round-the-clock care. She continues to improve and is being spoiled with delicious food and leisurely walks to rebuild her strength.
While Ladybell focuses on recovering, an investigation into the heinous act was launched and is ongoing. Humane Law Enforcement officers are looking for the monster(s) responsible, but need help. They are asking anyone who noticed anything near the tracks on July 12 or anyone who recognizes the dog to contact them.
URGENT: On Sunday, July 12, the Humane Rescue Alliance received a call about a dog abandoned near the Fort Totten Metro tracks. When we arrived on the scene, we found an injured and emaciated senior-aged dog covered in blood and parasites. She had what appeared to be stab wounds on her face and the back of her head. There were many other unidentified wounds on her back. One of her eyes was infested with thousands of maggots, and a wound on the back of her head was so deep it fractured her skull. Her injuries and body condition were so severe that she couldn't even stand up or walk on her own. She was quickly transported to Friendship Hospital for Animals for emergency care. Ladybell was in immense pain, and she was terrified. We can’t begin to imagine what she has endured.Today, it looks like she is going to make it. Once she was stabilized, she was transported back to HRA where our medical team is providing ongoing medical care. After extensive emergency surgery performed at HRA, along with a heavy dose of antibiotics and pain relief, her vital signs, blood pressure, and organ functions have improved. We are hopeful her eye has been saved. She is slowly moving around more each day, but there is still a long road ahead of her.As we continue to care for Ladybell, our Humane Law Enforcement officers' work is just beginning. An investigation has been launched to find out more details about who may have left her in such horrific conditions. Our officers are looking for anyone who may have noticed anything unusual near the Fort Totten Metro station on or before July 12, anyone who recognizes the dog, and information about the person or persons responsible for Ladybell’s injuries. If you have any information, please call 202-723-5730, option 3. HRA is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this act of cruelty.While we are hard at work to bring this case to justice, you can help Ladybell and other animals like her with a donation today. Help us continue to care for these animals and make sure they get a second chance. Humanerescuealliance.org/ladybell
Posted by Humane Rescue Alliance on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Humane Rescue Alliance is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to finding and prosecuting the person or persons who abused and abandoned Ladybell. Animal Legal Defense Fund heard Ladybell’s heartbreaking story and offered another $5,000, for a total reward of $10,000.
“It is vital that witnesses of any act of animal cruelty contact the police and make a report — as animals cannot speak for themselves,” said Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells in a statement. “We’re hopeful that the local community will come together and share any information they have to hold Ladybell’s abuser accountable.”
But while Ladybell’s abuser remains at large, the dog’s heartbreaking story also has a happy ending. Just a year after being brutally stabbed and left for dead, this brave girl is healthy, happily adopted, and reportedly thriving in her new home. We’re glad this senior dog finally found the safe, loving home she deserved all along.