Police in Beverly, Massachusetts are investigating a home break-in leaving a single mom frightened and her puppy rushed to an emergency animal hospital with severe jaw injuries. According to WftvNews, when the puppy’s owner, Mariah Nolasco, returned home late last week, she spotted blood all over the couch and checked for injuries. That’s when she noticed her six-month-old English bulldog, named Athena was bleeding and couldn’t close her mouth. Whoever broke into the family’s home is suspected of having broken the dog’s jaw in two places.
Veterinarians were able to fill in the cracks on both sides of her jaw, but she is expected to need extensive surgery to repair the damage. For now the dog is wearing a brace to keep her jaw in the proper position and has been on heavy pain medication to keep her comfortable. The surgery is expected to cost more than $7,000, however Mariah refuses to give up on her puppy.
“They filled in the crack she had on both sides of her jaw. And they stitched it back up. And they put a brace around her so her jaw is in place,” Nolasco said. “Until I can figure out the money I’m just going to try and keep her on pain medications and see if the brace helps a little bit. She’s in pain but she’s still loving everyone. When she totally has the right to just hate humans now.”
Police haven’t released any information, but have assured the community they are taking this case very seriously. As for Athena, the funds for her surgery have nearly been raised – this is one lucky puppy who we all hope makes a full recovery. Athena is at Bulger Animal Hospital in North Andover Massachusetts. A GoFundMe page can be found here.
(Photos of Athena with the broken jaw via GoFundMe)
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