Video update: 3-day-old puppy left to suffer

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In an extremely disturbing case of animal cruelty, a three-day-old puppy scalped from ear to ear, was dropped off at an animal rescue in Pittsburg, California. The puppy, dubbed Hoka by the Umbrella of Hope, was brought into the organization’s veterinary clinic on Wednesday after someone “saw him walking down the street.” Of course, that was a lie since a three-day old puppy, barely weighing one pound would be incapable of walking down on a busy street; much less a puppy that had just been scalped.

The puppy has no ears, and because of his age his ear canals are still closed; they are covered with skin. His pinna (ear flaps) were torn away during the event that injured him.  According to the organization’s Facebook page, the puppy will need surgery in the future to be able to hear.

“Our vet was able to sedate him and close his wounds. He has antibiotics and pain meds. And a 24 hour round-the-clock RVT nurse (thanks Beth!) for the next few weeks at the very least. He is suckling on a bottle and is being kept warm and comfortable. He is being given immune support, and we just have to hope he is strong enough to ward off shock,” the puppy’s update stated.

No one knows what or who caused Hoka’s injuries. Contra Costa Animal Services are asking for the public’s help with any legitimate leads and have agreed to investigate. Anyone with information about Hoka, his litter mates or parents are asked to email A $500 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this puppy’s abuse.

At this time, the rescue needs help with the mounting veterinarian costs. If he survives, he will need surgery on his ear canals so that he can hear, and he will be transferred to a teaching hospital specializing in that kind of surgery. Since yesterday, his medical bill has topped $1,000 in 24/7 care which is anticipated for the next few weeks and several thousand more in medical care if he survives.

Donations towards his extensive medical care can be made online at  An Amazon Wish List for his specific needs can be viewed here:

Photos of puppy scalped courtesy of Umbrella of Hope.

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36 replies
  1. Dee says:

    Hope people can watch the papers and different sites on the net for pups that look like this pup. Can anyone determine what breeds this pup is. Poor baby. Hope she makes it

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  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is heartbreaking, I would start with the people that “saw him walking down the street.” I hope someone got their names. They know more than they are telling. Prayers for this precious baby, and may whoever did this rot in Hell!

  4. Linda Daniels says:

    I never cease to be shocked by mans cruelty , this is one of the worst things I have seen , In USA as well it is disgusting inhuman cruelty . Please God this littleone survives. Keep us posted on his progress & I will make a contribution to his care . Bless you carers & Vetrinarians

  5. Terree Moore says:

    gawd damn… What the hell is wrong with some people… They have no soul to do this to a young animal… Or any animal… I hope they burn in hell…. Prayers and healing vibes to this sweet baby….

  6. karen douglas says:

    I am sick about little Hoka. It doesn’t do any good to ask who would do such a thing, because there is so much of this heinous abuse out there. Where have we gone wrong as a society? And what are we going to do to rectify it? Kids need to be taught in school to love and honor animals, because it is obvious that a lot of them are not learning it in the home. It is also time for strict animal rights laws. This has been said hundreds of times, so what we need now Is action. We the people need to speak and speak loudly. There are too many judges who think it is ok to just slap wrists. It is time for incarceration, no matter how young the offenders, because they only go out and do it again. Let’s get it together, folks.

  7. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Nous vivons dans une société de merde et la merde, c’est l’humain. Nous avons domestiqué les animaux pour qu’ils soient dépendant de nous, ils n’ont pas besoin de notre espèce, nous ne sommes que des parasites sur cette terre.

  8. willie hines says:

    what kind of sick ass could do this , probably some crack head on a rampage, I say burn em all , If you see a crack head run em over ask questions later save a pup.

  9. Kathryn Aldridge says:

    He is so ADORABLE! EVERY life is precious. I’m SO GLAD to see that he’s doing so WELL. I just can’t IMAGINE what kind of MONSTERS would do something like this! I hope they find them and put them in jail for a VERY LONG TIME. ????

  10. Joyce Dutrisac says:

    What happened to baby Hoka is beyond comprehension! What is wrong with society to harm an innocent angel like this??
    My heart is broken

  11. Jane says:

    Anyone that would do this to any animal has severe problems. Mutilation in animals is the first step in becoming a murderer, do everyone a favor turn yourself in, and if you want to hurt something just because you can, consider jumping off a high bridge.

  12. Elaine Briden says:

    Fucking sickening twisted evil monsters. Id love to have the job of travelling around the world and doing away with every fucking useless piece of shit that tortures an animal. Lets just say its vigilante justice, would be my pleasure

    • Lloyd says:

      Hi Elaine, May I apply to be your Assistant & Helper ?
      There’s Nothing More in this World, I’d Love To Do~!!!
      We would be very busy~!!!! There’s so so Many Animal Abusers~!!
      They are Both Sick and Sad~!!! Hoka’s Abuser, Needs to be on
      An Animal Offender’s List~!!! This needs created~!! Already~!!
      I understand New York already has~!!~ ???


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