SHERMAN OAKS, California (WCMH) — A dog that was found severely abused and spray painted is now on the mend.
The young pit bull mix now named Avery was found Monday with another dog abandoned in an alley.
“We went out to see if we could go out and rescue and found her tied with an electrical cord tied to a fence. And she had clearly been beaten and spray-painted and had a lot of injuries. The other dog, unfortunately, was not found alive,” Ellie Roberto, with Animal Hope and Wellness told KTLA.
The nonprofit organization animal hope and wellness rushed her to McGrath Veterinary Center in Sherman Oaks where she had several seizures.
“Her main problem was blunt head trauma from the beating, lack of oxygen to her brain, which is from the strangulation and those two things in combination cause your brain to swell. And when your brain swells inside your skull, that’s called a concussion. And if you get a concussion bad enough, you start to have seizures,” said veterinarian Dr. Brian McGrath.
Mcgrath was able to reduce her brain swelling, stop the seizures, and start treating her other injuries.
“When she came in she had an electrical cord around her neck that they were using to basically try to hang her, so she had some lacerations on her neck from the electrical cord and some damage to her esophagus and throat,” McGrath told KTLA.
She has the skin condition mange, is severely underweight from being malnourished, and was spray painted for some reason.
Her eyes have chemical burns from an unknown substance and she has a hole in one of her paws.
Marc Ching founder of Animal Hope and Wellness says Avery was likely assaulted as part of a gang initiation.
The animal cruelty has been reported to police.
Although she’s been through unimaginable pain and abuse this wounded puppy is already learning to trust again.
Avery will go to a foster once she leaves the hospital, and once her hair grows back, she will be put up for adoption.