When Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) learned of Hazel Grace, a badly abused dog from a rural area in Missouri, they did not hesitate to help. The black little dog had been kicked and hit by her previous owners and if that wasn’t enough, her abdomen and genital area were badly burnt. Luckily, the dog was flown to Chicago and she is receive the medical care and love she deserves.
“This poor female pup has third degree burns on her belly and vulva, and her tissue has already become necrotic,” posted TAF on their Facebook page. “It was reported that the children [she lived with] were seen repeatedly kicking her in the head and punching her. It was not until after she was confiscated that her burns were discovered. When you are up close to her, it looks like they held her bottom over a flame or a grill and her vulva and belly were lit on fire.”
It is unimaginable the pain and suffering Hazel Grace endured at the hands of her owners, but what is more shocking is that her abuse was done by children.
“The thought of these children kicking and punching Hazel Grace in the head is bad enough but burning her takes this to a whole new level of evil… serial killers in the making kind of evil,” posted TAF.
As soon as the abused dog landed in Chicago, she was rushed to a veterinarian. The pet was bleeding and doctors had to stabilize her before any medical treatment could be done. Under sedation, the necrotic skin was scrubbed off from her belly and a silver sulfadiazine ointment was applied to her large raw wound to promote healing. In the end, half of the dog’s body was covered in bandages to prevent further infection.
“This next week is crucial for our little Hazel Grace,” said TAF. “She can become septic at any time as her body is already fighting off the infection.”
Veterinarians expect the abused dog to stay hospitalized for at least two weeks. She requires bandage changes twice a day and if her skin condition does not improve, she could need skin grafts.
Hazel Grace was saved after local authorities got involved. They discovered the abuse and confiscated her from her owners. She is now safe and receiving proper medical care, but her road to recovery is a long one.
To learn more about Hazel and what TAF is doing to help her, visit their Facebook page. Warning, there are graphic images of the dog’s injuries posted on the group’s Facebook wall. To help Hazel Grace, consider making a donation at www.trioanimalfoundation.org.