In Kansas City, Kansas, a four-month-old puppy with horrible injuries was found just south of Ferree and Argentine Boulevard. On Saturday, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City began treating the burned puppy, who when found, suffered from second and third degree burns covering half of her body. According to the organization’s Facebook page, authorities believed the puppy dubbed Aurora had been an innocent victim of an intentional act of animal cruelty.
On Monday, the Kansas City Kansas Police Department’s investigation revealed the puppy accidentally knocked over a pan of hot grease while the owners had been cooking. The family told authorities they tried to provide Aurora with the proper medical treatment but could not afford it and didn’t want their dog euthanized. They stated they contacted Animal Control “as a last resort” to pick up the puppy – knowing she would be given medical treatment.
“The story that was seen on social media and was seen running down the street was not true,” Officer Cameron Morgan with The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department told 41 Action News. “An incident occurred with the family that actually owned the puppy. They have been in contact with us. Somehow in the communication, this separate story was leaked out that the dog was actually set on fire. The dog was never actually set on fire, but did sustain burns to her, just not by a fire.”
According to FoxNews, veterinarians examining the pup, said her injuries were not consistent with gasoline or any type of flammable accelerant. How the accident happened has not been explained, however the investigation does continue. Police do not expect to file any charges at this time.
“If this were my pet, I’d be heartbroken. I’d be really heartbroken,” stated Officer Morgan.
Aurora continues to make progress and is reported to be doing better every day. The puppy is also deaf – there has been no correlation between the accident and her lack of hearing. To help with the puppy’s recovery, please click here. Aurora still has a long way to go until she is ready for a new home.
(Photos and videos courtesy of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City)
And when you’re this cute, you get turkey for breakfast. Check out Aurora’s video: