In Palatka, Florida an 8-month-old puppy left tied to a tree for months as he suffered with a “horrific” neck injury was turned over to a rescue group on Wednesday. Florida Urgent Rescue (FUR) picked up the puppy dubbed Bud from the Putnam County Animal Control after the dog was found at a residence where he had been left to suffer for months.
According to the First Coast News, the puppy had been in excruciating pain for an extended period of time. Mike Merrill, the founder of the rescue organization, stated he thinks the puppy had been crying out in pain and the owner had wrapped wire around the dog’s snout to keep him quiet. Merrill said this has been the worst case of animal cruelty he has ever seen.
Bud will be undergoing surgery at the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida where he will stay for a few days. The university has an ongoing partnership with several local rescues and will be doing the dog’s surgery without any cost to FUR.
“Fortunately, Bud is a sweet boy who loves being showered with affection and giving kisses, so he’s going to be alright,” Mike stated.
Bud is expected to be available for adoption in the near future. To help this organization with the expenses Bud will continue to incur until he is fully healed, donations can be made by clicking here.
No information has been made available if the puppy’s owner has been charged with animal cruelty or neglect.
Get well soon Bud.
(Photo of 8-month-old puppy rescued via First Coast News screenshot)
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