Puppy brutally beaten in own backyard in Berthoud

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BERTHOUD, Colo. — A group of teenagers is suspected of nearly killing a puppy last week.

The puppy, named Bella, is on the mend and police are looking for the people who critically injured her.

Bella’s owner, Jacob Korbe, said he took groceries inside a friend’s house when he heard a yelp. He ran outside and saw four teenagers running away and 11-week-old Bella lying motionless on the lawn.

Two veterinary clinics, including one in Denver, had a hand in saving Bella. One veterinarian said it looked like she had been kicked or stepped on.

“She was bleeding into her abdomen, she had rib fractures on the right-hand side and lung bruising consistent with some sort of blunt force,” said Dr. Nicole Vumbaco with Four Seasons Veterinary.

“If someone is willing to do this to puppy, who’s to say it’s not a kid in the neighborhood the next time,” Korbe said.

Bella went home late Sunday afternoon. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said it’s a case of animal cruelty but it has no solid leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

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