LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 4-month-old puppy that was thrown against a wall and repeatedly kicked needs surgery to repair an elbow fracture.

“Gordo” was brought to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center Wednesday, where he’s won over the hearts of employees there.

The Staffordshire Terrier mix is healthy, aside from the abuse he suffered, according to Department of Animal Care and Control Director Marcia Mayeda.

gordo Donations Sought To Help Puppy Thrown Against Wall, Repeatedly Kicked

(credit: Los Angeles County Department Of Animal Care & Control)

“Staff and volunteers love him,” she said. “He’s got a great personality and will make a wonderful companion pet when he heals.”

The department is raising money for Gordo’s surgery by asking for residents to contribute to the Animal Care Foundation’s “Dreams Come True” fund, which helps pets with extraordinary injuries or illnesses that are too extensive or costly to treat through normal shelter services.

Donations can be made at www.lacountyanimals.org. Checks earmarked “Gordo” can also be mailed to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, Post Office Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91889-0515. You can donate here: http://www.lacountyanimals.org/donate.html.

Gordo’s previous owner was allegedly on drugs when he attacked the puppy, according to department officials. The case is under investigation.

“Animal-directed violence can be a felony crime,” Mayeda said. “Animal cruelty usually precedes human violence and, in this instance, we are fortunate that Gordo is still alive.”

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