Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred

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On July 5th, 2013, a 2-year-old Staffordshire named Indy, was found wondering the streets of Van Nuys, Calif. He was badly injured from what seems to be a cruel July 4th fireworks prank. Indy was found with third-degree burns over half of his body.

Photo Credit: S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team
Photo Credit: S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

When the dog was found on the streets, he was taken to East Valley Animal Shelter and on July 9 S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team stepped in to save Independence – Indy for short.

Veterinarians believe that fireworks were strapped to the dog’s body and then lit.

“It was a deliberate and horrific act. It was done out of malice,” S.T.A.R.T. Rescue co-founder Rene Ruston told NBC Los Angeles. “It’s hard to see a dog like that in so much agonizing pain and he doesn’t deserve it.”

According to Dr. Daniel Slaton, fire from the fireworks went down Indy’s legs. The dog tried escaping the strapped pyrotechnics but as he walked, he burnt the bottom of his feet.

Indy is currently being cared for at Westlake Village Animal Hospital. Dr. Richard Grossman, well-known burn specialist, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, and animal advocate, was called in to help with Indy’s surgeries. Indy is expected to stay at the hospital for approximately six weeks to repair the extensive damage caused to his body and legs.

Indy is expected to recover from the burns. Sadly he will be left with some disabilities and will need rehabilitation. Eventually he will recover and move into a forever home where he will be loved unconditionally.

S.T.A.R.T. is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those who injured Indy.

To follow Indy’s road to recovery, visit S.T.A.R.T Rescue Facebook page. Warning, there are graphic images of Indy’s injuries on the page.

If you would like to help Indy you can make an online donation or mail a check to:

PO Box 4792
Valley Village, CA 91617

Donations should be sent as “Personal and Gift” so no charges are taken out. Please write INDY in the memo.


23 thoughts on “Fireworks Prank Leaves Indy Forever Scarred”

  1. I swear on everything I own if I ever come across a person who does such a cruel act and I find out it will be there last breath they ever take !!!! I love animals with all my heart but I have th greatest passion of Pitt Breeds !!! But to see ANYONE BE SO CRUEL JUST DRIVES ME CRAZY !!!! I SEE THAT ANIMALS ARE BETTER THAN HUMANS !!!!

  2. Please tell me that there IS someone that saw something? Is the local news running the story to try and get info or witnesses to come forward. These Dirt Bags need to be caught before they do this to someone else, I can’t search (fear) YouTube but people who do this seem to get a kick out of recording this terrible behavior…there must be something or someone who knows something. I hope this little guy although not the same gets a wonderful new family and has a happy rest of his life.

  3. This is a terrible thing, yet every day far more cruel things are done to humans and there are no videos, no Facebook pages, no public outrage…..are we really any better than the idiots who did this to the dog?

    • Humans can fend for their damn selves but animals are innocent and depend on us to take care of them. Humans are the worst species on this earth! I hope this person gets the same thing done to them and more!

    • Audre,
      No, you haven’t read anything about humans having fireworks strapped to their bodies, but you have read about humans living in filth, being sold as sex slaves, babies (yes HUMAN LIFE) being aborted. . . but again, where is the outrage?? Our world is a messed up place and what happened to this poor, innocent dog is proof of that….but I also see a lot of needless suffering going on in the world and the concern seems a lot less. That is simply my opinion. Not trying to start anything, but everyone on this page has an opinion and I’m just stating mine.
      Love ya!

  4. this should be on the news may this bustards have pain in there whole life. has anyone seen anything?


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