ABBOTT (July 17, 2012)—Offers to adopt a puppy whose ears and tail were cut off are pouring in to the Hill County Paw Pals animal shelter.
Last Saturday, a Hill County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call at the Sunmart truck stop at IH-35 and FM 1304 in Abbott regarding a suspicious person.
When the deputy arrived, she saw what appeared to be an intoxicated man in the parking lot.
When she searched his vehicle, she found a bleeding one- month-old puppy with severed ears and a tail.
The puppy was taken to the Hill County Paw Pals animal shelter and was then to a nearby veterinary clinic in Alvarado.
"When they brought her in, I had tears in my eyes. It was horrible, it's a horrible thing that someone could do that to an animal," said Cathy Boothman, the head of the shelter’s volunteer program.
Doctors at the veterinary clinic immediately put the animal on antibiotics and cauterized her ears and tail.
The Hill County deputy arrested Roberto Ramirez Martinez at the scene.
He was charged with animal cruelty, and remains in the Hill County Jail on bonds totaling $15,500.
"I can't even begin to describe the pain and agony that this animal must have been going through," Boothman said.
"Both god and the sheriff's department will address the man who did this...he'll get what he deserves," she said.
Four days after the incident, "Julie The Pup" is scampering around like nothing ever happened.
She was named "Julie" because she was born in the month of July.
She's drinking water, eating, and according to the vet she's expected to make a full recovery.
With the help of Facebook, adoption offers are pouring in from all over the state.
"She's going to be someone's treasure when she gets adopted," Boothman said.
Hill County Paw Pals is currently fostering Julie and is asking for any donations to help pay for her medical bills.
They're also currently taking applications for her adoption.
If you're interested in either, call 254-580-0679 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
To follow her recovery, visit Hill County Paw Pals facebook page here: