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Abused, abandoned puppy going home

January 6th, 2005, 12:58 PM
A little more than one month after he was discovered covered in blood and staggering in a Phoenix alley, a puppy named Clay is ready for his new family to take him home.

Clay's story began when a good Samaritan found him on Dec. 2. That person took the badly injured 5-month-old pit-bull mix to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for emergency treatment.

AC&C employees believe somebody tried to crop the puppy's ears, then abandoned him when they could not stop the bleeding. In addition to the major blood loss Clay suffered as a result of his wounds, the puppy was also malnourished, vets said.

After more than a month of TLC, Clay is doing great and is ready to go home, AC&C employees said.

Clay's new family, which already has a purple bed for him and a tag with his name on it, will pick up their new baby Friday morning, giving one puppy's sad story a happy ending.

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Blood-covered puppy found in Phoenix alley
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or indictment in the case. Anyone who knows anything about what happened to Clay is urged to call Silent Witness ay (480) WITNESS (948-6377).