In West Palm Beach, Florida, a one-year-old Yorkie continues to fight for her life after she was dropped off at a local animal clinic with her mouth tied shut with an elastic hair tie. The band that bound the seven-pound dog’s muzzle had been tied so tightly that it cut a 3/4 inch gash penetrating the bone.
According to Paws 2 Help founder Eve Van Engel, it is unclear who is responsible for the apparent animal cruelty to the dog now dubbed Pixie.
“We have submitted the little information that we have to Animal Care and Control, we hope that they will be able to investigate and find out more information, and the owners,” Eve posted on the organization’s Facebook Sunday afternoon.
What is known so far is suspicious however very sketchy. Two women dropped the dog off at the clinic on Saturday afternoon; each woman having a conflicting story and neither stating they knew who tied the dog’s mouth shut. One woman stated the dog had belonged to her father, but when a neighbor continued to complain the dog wouldn’t stop barking, that neighbor came over and tied the pooch’s muzzle shut. It is not known how long the band had been on the dog, however Pixie suffers from an extensive infection. All that can be established is the dog had been living in a cage outside on a concrete patio and apparently had been passed from one person to another during her short life.
The staff is trying to tempt Pixie to eat – and have been offering her baby food.
“If she survives another 18 hours and still cannot eat, we will plan on operating and inserting a feeding tube,” the clinic stated.
To help with Pixie’s medical expenses, donations can be made here.
(Photo of Yorkie with mouth tied courtesy of Paws2Help)
Paws2Help is a small privately run non profit animal clinic providing services since 1997. They are open seven days each week, and employ four full time doctors see 100 cases each day. Clinics are very busy and an appointment is recommended. Surgeries are always pre-arranged.
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