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Animal Cruelty

February 17th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Patch is a survivor. The six month pit-bull was found bleeding and crying in a ditch with her sister off Potter Tract Road in Grand Bay. Her throat had been slit from one side to the other.

"Patch was very near death when she was brought in," says Dr. Royce McClung from the Grand Bay Animal Clinic. "There was a deep puncture wound where it looked like somebody maybe tried to gouge the jugular vein."

Dr. McClung says Patch had been suffering from the wound for two days before she was brought to the clinic. Dr. McClung operated on the dog giving her about twenty stitches. "It's amazing she survived," he says.

Sherry Hance works with the Mobile Animal Rescue Foundation. She says the act of animal cruelty is sickening.

"It's a cowardly gutless act," Hance says. "There's no excuse."

Unbelievably, authorities say another horrific act happened not far away- on Woodruff Avenue in Bayou La Batre. Police say a puppy was found dead in a heap of smoldering burning ash. Police say an arrow had been spray painted on the side of the abandoned home. Officers say it was pointing down at the charred remains of the puppy. The words "he's dead" were also painted on the side of the house.

An undercover officer arrived shortly after the small fire was reported

"It appeared that it was just some flammable material was put on the puppy and it was lit," the officer says. "It's disgusting that somebody would have done such a thing to a living creature."

If you have an information on either case call the Bayou La Batre Police Department or the Mobile Sheriff's Office. The Animal Rescue Foundation is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the Bayou La Batre case. The Foundation wants to keep Patch and her sister together, so if you're interested in adopting them give the agency a call