Shocking abuse: Dog sexually assaulted with broom handle

In Arlington, Virginia veterinarians are sharing the details of  what happened to a beagle mix, and how she was assaulted with a broom handle, one of the worst cases of animal abuse and cruelty they have ever seen. When Homeward Trails Animal Rescue decided to tell the story of a recently rescued dog from a shelter in Isle of Wight County, the organization didn’t want to do it for the shock value; instead as a message of compassion and kindness helping those who cannot help themselves:

 “We brace ourselves for sad stories in this work. We try to move through that part and get to the part where we get to balance that equation with outstanding love and care. Like Mr. Rogers used to tell his preschool viewers, ‘When you see something really scary on the news, look for the helpers. There are always helpers.’ Well. The story of the abuse of Huggles is a very disturbing one, and we are sorry to have to tell it to you. But we need to be the helpers.”

And so when Huggles came into the shelter in mid June, she had been in pain and appeared to have had a uterine infection. Veterinarians spayed her and started her on a series of antibiotics, and even though for the short time she improved, it wasn’t long before her condition worsened. When her foster mom noticed Huggles had been bleeding heavily from her vulva and had become listless, she consulted with the rescue’s partner veterinarian.

Shocking news! Radiographs performed showed the dog had been assaulted with a broom handle; the plastic part of the handle had broken off inside of her causing a “horrific infection.”

“There is no other explanation for the internal damage the vets saw, and the handle inside this dog,” posted Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on their Facebook page. “It is hard to live in a world where people do this kind of thing. And we can all just crumple to the floor and give up. Or we can give into rage. Or we can make the only sustaining choice, the only choice that makes it possible to keep going: We can be the helpers.”

Fortunately Huggles was treated in time, and now she is on the road to a healthy recovery. There has been no information about the person responsible for the heinous deed. Huggle had been brought into the shelter as a stray. A $200 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.

Although there have been a few people on social media suggesting the dog’s story was too disturbing to post on social media, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue stated they appreciated the feedback, however while needing to raise the necessary funding for the dog’s expensive surgery and her aftercare, also on the agenda was making the public more aware of promoting efforts for stricter penalties for animal abuse and cruelty.

“Unless people are aware of actual incidents such as this one, they may not feel efforts to promote stricter penalties are worthwhile. And sadly, if we are to help these animals over choosing to euthanize them due to costs, we must rely on our wonderful, understanding supporters who make it all possible. And we do take great care not to post graphic photos that most would find offensive, including in this particular case. And sadly, we had many graphic photos.”

Get well soon Huggle. As soon as veterinarians give this dog a clean bill of health, she will be available for adoption.

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14 replies
  1. Stormy Wallace says:

    I’m glad poor dog’s condition was made public. Its important that people know what happens to animals & maybe, just maybe, the person who did this will be found and punished.

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    What kind of “sick” POS does this? That poor pup. I’m glad she is doing better now find the monster that did this to her and prosecute them!

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  3. Pamela D'Angio says:

    ALL I WANT IS TO FIND THIS POS AND SHOVE A BROOM HANDLE UP THEIR ASS FAR ENOUGH THAT IT WILL COME OUT OF THEIR THROAT. TOO MANY SORRY BASTARDS ON THIS EARTH THAT HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS TRYING TO FIND WAYS HURTING ANIMALS. WHAT THEY DO TO AN ANIMAL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO THEM AND I WANT TO BE THE ONE TO DO IT. SLOWLY ROT AND DIE ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS.

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  4. Allison says:

    I can understand why some people think these stories are too disturbing for social media. They are disturbing. But these stories need to be told. Too many people are unaware of these stories, or just don’t believe they are true. We need to share to help give a voice to the voiceless. To encourage better enforcement of existing laws, harsher punishments for those convicted, and generate more support for those that come to the aid of those that suffer. Preface the story with a warning of graphic content, but please continue to share.

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    • Barb Powell says:

      Well said, Allison! I am glad you told this story because too many people live in denial. I have tried for years to get bestiality changed to a felony. No one wants to sign a petition or author a bill. They want to pretend it doesn’t happen.
      How do we change our rape culture if we can’t even talk about it? Thank you!

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      • Roselyne CORNETTE says:

        Je suis entièrement d’accord avec vous, il faut que cela soit dit. Il y a des pervers partout dans le monde, des parasites et se sont des dangers pour la société ainsi que pour les animaux. Tout ces consanguins, ces assassins devraient être mis à mort. Pas de pitié pour ces sous merde. Que les condamnations soient exemplaires et surtout, appliquées. Aucune excuse, aucun pardon n’est acceptable pour ces actes horribles.

  5. Cynthia Como says:

    This is exactly my view,TOO MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABUSE OCCURS BUT THEY REALLY DONT HAVE A GRIP ON THE EXTENT AND DEPTH OF IT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THE DIRTY DETAILS!!!! AND THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM,EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THE DIRTY DETAILS,EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THE EXTENT AND DEPTH OF THE DEPRAVITY! BECAUSE IT IS AN ISSUE TGAT MUST BE FIXXED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STROBG LAWS AND HARSH PUNISHMENT!!! Humanity has created this problem and humanity needs to fix this problem!!! I will be praying for this sweetheart! GET WELL SOON HUGGLE!❤️

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  6. Me' says:

    So sad for this dog but unfortunately The State of Virginia if the perp is ever caught will never serve any time much less get a slap on the wrist. The dog would probably suffer death first. Virginia loves to murder the innocents, not saying the state (the city I live in is NO KILL and working on making the entire State no kill)) I live in has it fair share of murdering ac’s but Virginia really takes the cake. No animal protection there.

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