3-month-old puppy found with ‘serious’ facial injuries in Berkeley Co.
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Deputies in Berkeley County are investigating a possible animal abuse case as a puppy continues to get treated for serious injuries.
The director of the Berkeley Animal Center was told about a hurt three-month-old chocolate Labrador Retriever who was being rehomed on Facebook.
A staff member from the shelter picked up the pup, who the shelter staff named Chief, and took it to a vet for treatment.
After checking out Chief, the vet reported that a zip tie or wire had been wrapped around the dog’s snout, according to a news release from Berkeley County.
This led to the tie or wire cutting through its skin and causing swelling.
Shelter staff says Chief has been in and out of the vet for treatment, and that he’s doing well.
“They’re doing laser treatments to make sure he doesn’t get an infection and that the wound heals properly,” Shelter Manager Tiffany Hoffman said. “He’s very sweet, but he does have some separation anxiety due to the care he received previously before coming to the shelter.”
While in a foster home, the puppy is continuing medical treatment, the county says.
“He’s going to be such a survivor,” Hoffman said. “He’s just a sweet little boy who wants nothing but love and to be with his people.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-719-7009.
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