Authorities found a tortured dog earlier this week in Weatherford, Texas. Fortunately, the animal is slowly recovering from her injuries. Authorities at Parker County put up a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Dallas Morning News also describe the situation as “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty in the county.”
Hope, a pug-mix, was rescued last Sunday. Rescuers found the dog dehydrated, its mouth sealed with electrical tape. It also had five large cuts that took more than 100 stitches to close. Her tongue is also swollen, which made it hard for Hope to eat or drink. Veterinarians at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital say Hope will make a full recovery.
According to Parker County Sheriff, Larry Fowler, Hope’s story attracted worldwide media attention. Their office continues to receive calls from people who want to adopt her and contribute to the bounty.
Hope’s case also sparked outrage from animal rights activists around the world. In Northern Ireland, authorities from Belfast County put a 7-year-old pug-nosed dog named Lennox to sleep. The reason for the action is the city dog wardens claim the dog looks like a pitbull. Lennox’s owner Caroline Barnes says the dog was neither a pitbull nor harmful. Campaigns and online petitions began to save Lennox. Some people even offered to adopt the dog in the U.S., where pitbulls are legal. Despite the efforts of the owners and other supporters to save Lennox, Northern Ireland officials ordered the dog to be put down.