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DenverChief
04-03-2005, 12:35 AM
SPRINGFIELD – A puppy is recovering from surgery after a man drove nails into its head with a hammer. When Humansville police brought the healer mix to Springfield on March 4, a veterinarian gave it only about a 50 percent chance of surviving.


** A witness told police about seeing the abuse happen.* A police investigation could lead to a criminal charge.


** The dog is at a Castaway Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) shelter on West Sunshine Street after having surgery at a veterinary clinic on South Glenstone Avenue.* The vet says the puppy not only is going to make it but also has one of the best attitudes she's ever seen.


** One nail was driven into the puppy’s skull. Another was hammered into his cheekbone, leaving him blind in one eye and possibly deaf.


** “In all my years of doing this, I was not prepared for that. I was in tears just looking at the pictures,” said Melissa Sartin, director of C.A.R.E. “To think that somebody could do this!”

“This is probably one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I've ever seen,” said Dr. Robin Toner, an emergency veterinarian.


** With his head bloody and his face swollen, Toner performed a risky surgery that saved the dog’s life.


** “I was worried,” she said. “When I pulled the nail out, I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know if he was going to stop breathing. But he didn't. He just kept plugging along.”


** And he did so without ever growling or biting. Toner says it’s incredible that he doesn’t show any signs of holding a grudge against people.


** “He's been the best dog. I'm just amazed at his temperament. He should be afraid of us, fearful of people and he's not,” said

** The puppy doesn't shy away when people pet him. Because of all he's been through, they've named him Trucker.


** “He just keeps on truckin’,” said Sartin.


** At the C.A.R.E. shelter, Trucker is learning to pick up on hand signals. His tail wags through it all.


** The puppy faces another round of surgery next week to remove a tooth busted by one of the nails. After a few more months of rehabilitation, C.A.R.E. will find him a loving home.


** The staff also hopes the man responsible for the abuse is charged and tried.


** “(He) would have to be a monster. There's no excuse for it,” said Sartin.


** Humansville police said Wednesday afternoon that they have a suspect.* The Polk County prosecuting attorney received an investigative report on Wednesday morning and will review it to see how he will proceed. The prosecutor plans to talk to the witness who saw the abuse.* Police won't release any names or further details.**


* "Right now, it is an open case," said Humansville Police Chief Jim Hanak.* "We have to wait until the prosecutor makes a decision on what's going to happen and until that time we are not at liberty to go into a lot of information."


* "We are looking for identification of possible witnesses," said Prosecuting Attorney John Porter.* "It's my understanding that the animal was treated by a veterinarian.* We're looking for the vet report, phone numbers, things of that nature, so that we can contact him and confirm the nature of the injuries to the animal."


* Any person interested in adopting Trucker can contact C.A.R.E. and fill out an application.* It's a rather detailed application and the process includes an interview and two home visits.* The telephone number is (417) 875-6565.

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DenverChief
04-03-2005, 12:35 AM
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DenverChief
04-03-2005, 12:36 AM
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BIG_DADDY
04-03-2005, 12:41 AM
Glad to see the dog made it. Hope they lock that coward up and the inmates take care of business.

DenverChief
04-03-2005, 12:48 AM
Glad to see the dog made it. Hope they lock that coward up and the inmates take care of business.

Yeah it makes me ill to think about what that dog went thru...I wish I could catch somone trying to do that to an animal...that ranks right up there with seeing a guy whack a chick

BIG_DADDY
04-03-2005, 12:53 AM
Yeah it makes me ill to think about what that dog went thru...I wish I could catch somone trying to do that to an animal...that ranks right up there with seeing a guy whack a chick

I have zero patience for this kind of shit, feed him to the fish.

Taco John
04-03-2005, 01:06 AM
It's just the shell of a puppy. We should starve it to death.

Frazod
04-03-2005, 01:07 AM
It's just the shell of a puppy. We should starve it to death.

Give it a rest.... :shake:

Taco John
04-03-2005, 01:09 AM
ROFL!

I don't put a smilie behind my twisted jokes, and someone ultimately gets offended.

Frazod
04-03-2005, 01:11 AM
ROFL!

I don't put a smilie behind my twisted jokes, and someone ultimately gets offended.

Good! A joke! I like that.

Taco John
04-03-2005, 01:13 AM
Of course, the joke is a little more funny to the folks who were on the conservative side of the debate than it will be to those on the liberal side of it.

What can I say? ;)

Count Zarth
04-03-2005, 01:29 AM
****ing savages...i want to murder the ****ers that did this with my bare hands!

Loki
04-03-2005, 01:51 AM
that's f**ked up. :shake:

props to the dog and the vet who saved him.

i don't even know what to say about the person who did this to
the dog. certainly NOT a (worthy) member of the human race...
very disturbing to say the least.

Mr. Flopnuts
04-03-2005, 10:25 AM
Big Daddy put it best. This guy is obviously a coward. There is nothing more I would like than to be the guy that put my hands around his neck in the pokie.

KCWolfman
04-03-2005, 10:41 AM
The person is obviously screwed up. I could never hurt an animal that wasn't a threat to myself or someone else.

However, I find it ironic that BD defends someone running away from a murdered woman hit by a car and then demands prison house justice for a dog. It is, after all, only a dog.

chiefs4me
04-03-2005, 11:01 AM
I wish I had an hour alone with the asshole that did this......:shake: