BEAR VALLEY (CBS) — A dog that was believed to have been dragged by a car was stable Monday and is being prepped for surgery, a veterinarian technician said.
A 10-month-old blue pit bull since named Valentine was brought in to the Bear Valley Animal Hospital Thursday, the extent of her injuries so severe veterinarian technician Bridget Meaden says she cried.
Valentine’s muzzle was taped shut with electrical tape, Meaden said, and both her paws were severely injured. The dog’s right front paw bone was severed completely, so it has been amputated. Her left front paw was broken and her skull fractured, but Meaden says Valentine’s prognosis is good.
“This poor baby,” Meaden said. “She never once tried to bite. She’s just sweet, completely sweet. She’s been so cooperative for us.”
Valentine was brought in by a rescue group called Helping Paws, which found her in Lucerne Valley in San Bernardino County.
“She’s pretty skinny,” Meaden said. “We’re thinking she was abused before.”
According to a post on PetConnect.US’s Facebook page (warning: disturbing photos), Valentine dragged herself into a cement plant with her stomach full of rocks and dirt and believe she was dragged behind a car and left for dead.
Valentine’s injuries include several cuts and scrapes to the right side of her body.
Meaden says Helping Paws is working to pay for a prosthetic for Valentine. Donations can be sent to the group via petfinder.com or by calling the Bear Valley Animal Hospital at (760) 240-5228.