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AWLA Seeks Information on Severely Injured Puppy

by ARLnow.com September 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm 6,448 37 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Animal Control Department is seeking information about an injured puppy.

The AWLA says the 4-6 week old Boxer puppy was found yesterday, Sept. 27, on the 400 block of N. Oakland Street, in the Ashton Heights neighborhood. The puppy was “very sick and severely injured,” the organization said.

Citing an ongoing investigation, AWLA Chief Operating Officer Susan Sherman declined to release details about the nature of the puppy’s injuries.

Anyone with information about the puppy is asked to call Animal Control at 703-931-9241.

File photo of three-month-old Boxer puppy by Almcwilliams via Wikipedia

  • Curious

    WIll the puppy be up for adoption once heeled?

    • Mike

      I assume they will wait until it is healed, but I hope they don’t wait until it learns to “heel” – training should be the new owner’s responsibility. 🙂

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    If you own a pet, give it a big hug when you go home tonight.

    • WeiQiang

      Like every night.

      • MyHood


  • Arlingtoon

    Animal cruelty makes my blood boil. Especially when there’s a puppy involved.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Amen and right on!

      • +++++ 1000000

        It seems to be happening more and more. It is so disgusting – regardless of the animal.

  • Becoming indifferent

    What the hell is the matter with people? Just sick!

  • SouthPikeGuy

    Get a rope.

  • CW

    This story is lacking in any semblance of information.

    Was it found “on the block” or in a yard/residence?

    Do they have reason to believe it had an owner? Or was it a stray/feral?

    Do they have a reason to believe that its injuries were human-inflicted? There are coyotes and other dogs around here.

    If the answer to the last questions is yes and they are looking for the abuser, why will they not release any information which could help?

  • YTK

    If this was actually inflicted by a member of Man”KIND”, then it only reinforces my belief that the word Man”KIND” is, in too may cases, an Oxymoron.

  • Scott

    This makes me cry inside

    • SouthPikeGuy

      Was that in response to CW’s nit picking?

      • CW

        How is it nit picking? How is a crime supposed to be solved with no details?

        • SouthPikeGuy

          So you’ve already decided it must have been a criminal act?

          You’re begging for info, yet you’ve made a conclusion.

          • it must be a criminal act and they are hoping someone saw the animal being abused. I sure hope someone speaks up.

            I also hope the pup survives. Something tells me he won’t, given the description.

          • SouthPikeGuy

            No, I really do agree with you.

            But really, unless you know some information about this dog, what’s the point of speculating, or especially complaining that you didn’t get enough information to speculate further?

            They asked for info, and I think that’s enough. It’s probably a reflection of what they know. They found a dog, they need to talk to people who know something about the dog. Totally reasonable.

          • CW

            Wow bro, you need to go hit happy hour hard tonight.

          • SouthPikeGuy

            I plan to. I imagine you’ll still be pms’ing about the lack of info in this article though. I’ll hoist one to that thought.

          • CW

            Sweet, gender based ad hominem attacks. Youre a bright one. All over someone suggesting that a story calling for witnesses possibly provide info that might elicit a witness. Genius.

          • drax

            No mention of seeking a “witness,” just info. But yeah, sounds like probably a crime.

          • CW

            Yeah drax, youre right. They could just be seeking unsubstantiated hearsay. Maybe you and i should give them a call then?

        • pup

          how many hurt puppy’s are out there? those with information will know exactly what the article is asking for.

  • SomeGuy

    Anyone know Captain Pup McPuppo’s whereabouts at the approximate time of injury?

    • Dog

      He wouldn’t bite a bro…..unless he started something first

  • Telling it like it is

    White people in Arlington care more about dogs than poor people.

    • Dr. Soose

      Wow, glad to see you don’t deal in generalizations…

      • moody.

        dispute it.

    • Oh please.

      • moody.

        it’s true.

    • Tumblebum

      Obama voter?

    • YTK

      Poor people of all ethnicities have pets too — poor people of all ethnicities also care about their pets, and many advocate for and rescue pets too.

      Mahatma Gandhi “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
      ” (as you treat the most helpless of living beings– so you treat the citizens of your country.)

  • Moody – my comment was for “telling it like it is”. His comment is stupid and juvenile. I was actually agreeing with you.

    By the way, ARLNOW, any updates on the health of the puppy???

  • Animal Advocate

    I would assume that AWLA is still investigating this; not putting out the nature of the boxer puppy’s injuries -or possible abuse/cruelty- As this would be one of the methods they would use in investigation. Yes, this IS happening more & more…very unfortunately, whether it be increased cases of abuse/neglect/cruelty…or now increased attacks from wildlife (since the sprawl of Northern VA seems to know no bounds.) It seems that every night -whether it be the TV news or the computer- there is at least ONE major story of animal abuse/animal attacks just in the VA/MD/DC areas alone…nevermind all the horrible senseless crap that doesn’t get reported. Not knowing at this time what exactly happened to the pup, AWLA, in conjunction with other agencies, will be using many tools to find out what occurred. The only thing we (as we ‘concerned public’) can do is to be vigilant, be knowledgeable, be aware & safe, & especially, treat our animals RIGHT! Whether the incident was abuse or an animal attack, we all should go home & hug our pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, whatever, etc.) a hell of a lot tighter tonight!

  • allanimals

    what about attacks ON wildlife? does anyone think of this as animals cruelty. like trapping and leaving the animals to die a long, slow and painful death in the trap. we need more laws to protect all animals from the abuse of humans.

    • YTK

      True on both counts– let’s not forget that in too many instances of human-animal interaction, the word Man”KIND” has proven itself to be an Oxymoron.

      We need Mandatory (K-12) Humane Education in schools– this has nothing to do with “bringing puppies and kittens to school” – rather it has to do with educating kids on how to act towards animals – how to properly care for a pet, how to approach and NOT approach a dog or cat (or wildlife as well) — how to interpret body language of a cat or a dog — and, as the kid gets older — why Spay Neuter is so vitally important in keeping down unwanted litters and preventing the needless deaths of unwanted animals in shelters. Humane Ed also engenders Critical thinking processes and, kids who are enthusiastic about what they have learned will not only teach their parents but will influence their peers. Win-Win for both humans and animals.


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