SLIDELL, La. — A Louisiana woman, her 17-year-old-daughter and another teenager are facing animal cruelty charges after police say the back legs of a partially paralyzed dachshund were “sawed off.”
The 50-year-old woman and her daughter reported to police that their dog Buddy had been shot in February, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
But they failed to get any medical treatment for Buddy and the shooting left the dog partially paralyzed.
St. Tammany officers were alerted to the dog’s condition on Wednesday, and when they arrived at the trailer park where the mother and daughter live, they found both of Buddy’s rear legs had been removed.
The woman and her daughter initially told officers that the dog’s legs had fallen off after they had been bandaged too tightly, but a veterinarian orthopedic surgeon consulted by the sheriff’s office confirmed the dog’s wounds were “maliciously inflicted.”
The veterinarian also confirmed the dog’s limbs were not removed by a veterinary professional, and that they did not fall off naturally.
“As a dog owner myself, I was completely appalled when we received a complaint of such horrific animal cruelty in our community. Our investigators acted swiftly, and the parties responsible have been charged accordingly,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.
The 17-year-old daughter was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
The 50-year-old woman was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a summons.
A 17-year-old friend of the daughter’s was also arrested for animal cruelty, and later released into the custody of a relative, according to the STPSO.
An online fundraising effort to cover the continuing costs of Buddy’s recovery has raised more than $14,000 after nearly 500 people pledged money in the Facebook campaign’s first six days.