Abused dog gets second chance

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 27 at 8:25 PM

Warning: The video above contains content that may be disturbing to viewers.

AUSTIN -- Victory is spending her first night at Austin Pets Alive!, after spending the past two weeks at a clinic. Hutto Animal Control found her shivering and severely abused in a neighborhood off of FM 1660 on January 9th.

“She was matted, she was cold and she had multiple puncture wounds to her body. She was missing part of her nose, part of her lip - she was just in horrific condition. We had to save her. She had to get her help,” said Becky Mitchell with Hutto Animal Control.

Victory has stolen the heart of everyone who has cared for her.

“She's done nothing but love on me all day today, and she's really captured my heart,” said Kristen Peters with Austin Pets Alive!

But it’s the person who stole her face that has outraged police and shelter employees.

When asked if Victory’s injuries could be accidental, veterinarian Ellen Jefferson told KVUE, “we just can't think of anything else that would cause such a clean cut."

Victory looks a lot different than the day she was found in the street, however, authorities are hoping someone will recognize her, so they can find the person responsible.

While the search for Victory’s abuser continues, Austin Pets Alive! is making sure they're doing everything possible to give her a normal life beginning with plastic surgery to help her breathe.

“It's going to be a little more pricey, but we're going to make her look beautiful, not that she isn't already,” Peters said.

Williamson County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information. You can contact them at (800) 253-STOP.

Since torture is involved, that person could face up to two years in prison, and/or a $10,000 fine.

If you would like to help Victory:

Click here to make donation online or make a check payable to “City of Hutto Animal Control” (401 West Front Street, Hutto, TX 78634.)

 

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