In Olympia, Washington, a Thurston County man was arrested on Tuesday and faces animal cruelty charges after authorities found his paralyzed dog that had been hit by a vehicle in January resulting in a broken back, covered in fleas and left to live outside in “extreme pain.”
According to Q13News, on Friday, Animal Control arrived at a home located in the 11500 block of Nisqually Loop SE, following a narcotics search warrant. A dog named Spaz, who was unable to walk, dragged herself under a trailer in an attempt not to be rescued by officers. Thurston County Animal Control Officer Erika Johnson told the heartbreaking details about Spaz:
“This dog suffered for an extremely long period of time. Lots of people knew she was suffering. Nobody did anything to help her. It’s been some of the longest times I’ve seen a dog in such severe condition and in such pain. She was forced to live outside under an RV, and that’s where she was apparently sleeping on an old dirty blanket.”
Spaz’s hind feet had been wrapped in a urine soaked bandage and covered with a filthy gym sock. During the time she lived outside, her foot and ankle had been bandaged, no one ever checked, and by the time she was rushed to a vet by Officer Johnson, her foot and ankle bones were exposed. In addition her toes had worn away because she had to drag herself across the ground; Spaz was paralyzed from the waist down, had no control over her bowels or bladder, yet her owner said he could not humanely euthanize her after she was hit on January 15, so took her home instead to suffer.
The dog’s owner has not been named yet, but has been charged with first degree animal cruelty and several drug related charges. His bail has been set at $160,000.
Spaz’s condition was so serious, it was determined humane euthanasia was the only solution. Rest in peace sweet dog.
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(Photo of Spaz screenshot via Q13News)
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