In Dublin, California, a nine-month-old puppy underwent reconstructive surgery on Thursday to repair her face after apparent abuse left her in immediate need of life saving veterinarian treatment. An East Bay man has been arrested in connection with the alleged animal abuse. Allie arrived at a local veterinary hospital on Monday in serious condition after concerned citizens found her. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of the puppy with the following statement:
“We do see animal cruelty cases to different degrees,” stated Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly, ” but about a dozen times a year, a particular case that stands out will shock the conscience.”
Allie suffered from an open fracture of her temporomandibular (TMJ) joint, a missing tooth and extensive bruising across her back and hindquarters. She was rushed to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin which initiated an animal cruelty investigation by officials. Joshua Taddac, 23, has been charged with felony animal cruelty and failure to care for a wounded animal. According to CrimeVoice, Tadduc is in custody at Santa Rita Jail, where he’s being held in lieu of $15,000 bond.
On Friday, Tri Valley Animal Rescue updated Allie’s condition after her surgery:
“Allie is out of surgery and in recovery. A Board Member from TVAR visited with Allie today and she was still a happy, waggy, affectionate girl. She has 17 pins and 2 plates on each side of her jaw (it was discovered during surgery that she had a second fracture to the other side of her jaw). But with all of that – She SO wanted to give kisses but figured out she needed to use her nose instead since she can hardly open her mouth
Allie is resting comfortably and rolling over for belly rubs (Dr’s words). It’s likely she will stay at the vet for the next day or two under observation and then to a loving foster home.”
Sheriff’s officials said they appreciated Tri-Valley Animal Rescue’s efforts alongside animal service technicians on Allie’s behalf; anyone who wishes to donate to help with her treatment and recovery can visit www.tvar.org and put “ALLIE” in the notes section of any donation.
(Photos of puppy recovering and East Bay man’s arrest via Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and TVAR)
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