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Abused Puppies "Almond" and "Joy" Ready for Adoption

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August 11, 2010

On the evening of June 22, a 3-month-old puppy was kicked and thrown from the roof of a one-story home in San Diego. Radiographs taken during a veterinary examination of the dog, a German shepherd /Chow Chow mix named “Almond,“ showed multiple fractures of the hips and ribs consistent with blunt trauma. They also showed previously healed fractures, indicating that the dog had been abused before.


An X-ray show's "Almond's" completely fractured femur.
 

Animal Control Officers also rescued a second puppy that was found on the property.  Radiographs of the second puppy, named “Joy,” also showed previously healed fractures.  

Animal Control Officers arrested 22-year-old Edgar Rodriguez at the conclusion of their investigation. Rodriguez pled guilty to one count of felony animal abuse on August 4 and his sentencing is scheduled for September 15.

Today, Almond is a happy puppy on his way to recovery and waiting for his forever home.  Due to his injuries, Almond underwent extensive orthopedic surgery and requires physical therapy, which he is currently receiving at the Cutting Edge K9 Rehabilitation Center.

The Department of Animal Services is hoping just the right families will see Almond and Joy and want to adopt them.

Visit the Animal Services website for contact information and to learn more about animal adoptions. 


"Almond" (right) swims as part of his rehabilitation.
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  


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