DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A 14-week-old puppy was found in Thomasville this week with no food, no water and no back paws.
Dr. Greg Hedrick, with Davidson Animal Hospital, calls the puppy Levy. Hedrick says Levy’s X-rays show his paws were probably cut off.
“It had to be painful when this occurred. If it were a birth defect, there would be more closure. Things would be a little bit different,” said Hedrick.
Hedrick guesses something like a lawn mower could have caused that kind of damage.
“Looks like it was done intentionally,” said Candi Lewis, the Thomasville Animal Control officer who found Levy Monday. “He wouldn't have made it. He would not have survived if he had been left the night. Temperatures were going to be 20 degrees that night.”
Lewis says the puppy’s friendly attitude towards people shows he was probably someone’s pet. She says Levy is alive thanks to Dr. Hedrick and Ginger’s Fund, a program that helps abused and neglected animals.
Hedrick says saving helpless animals, like Levy, has to be a community-wide effort.
“If you see anything like this, please say something to the proper authorities. Let’s get these pets some help,” said Hedrick.
Levy is being treated for hook and whipworms. Hedrick hopes to get the puppy prosthetic paws.
Anyone with information about Levy’s case should call Thomasville Crime Stoppers.
If you would like to help Ginger’s Fund with Levy’s medical costs and prosthetic paws: friendsoftheshelterdcnc.com.