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Update: Hope Finds a Home

Bowie Drive Animal Hospital vet tech Rhonda Sears, shown with Hope in this photo, said that the pug-mix continues to improve. Her tongue, once swollen and protruding, is now 90 percent healed.

A female pug mix who survived a horrific mutilation in Parker County, Texas, recently has just been adopted by the owners of the property where she was found.  As I’d reported on July 11, Melanie Labrake spotted the dog along a rural road and thought initially that she had something in her mouth.  But, upon closer examination, she was startled to realize the animal’s mouth was taped shut and her swollen tongue was protruding out.  The dog escaped into a field, when Labrake tried to approach her.  A concerted effort by the Parker County Sheriff’s office and local volunteers, however, led to the dog’s rescue and ultimate recovery at the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital.  Once there, she was named Hope.  Parker County Crimestoppers introduced a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information leading to Hope’s abusers, and an anonymous donor added $25,000.  Calls about the dog came into the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital from across the nation and around the world.

Now, Kit and Charlie Moncrief, owners of the ranch where Hope was corralled, have adopted her.

“We’re lucky to have her,” Kit Moncrief said.  “It’s a natural fit.  We’ve adopted quite a few dogs, and we were just horrified at the abuse this dog endured.”  She added that she expects Hope to fit in well with the other animals on the ranch.

“Adopted animals are smart,” she said.  “They know they’ve been given another chance and they tend to love each other.”

Anyone with information about Hope is asked to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Department at (817) 596-8845 or the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (817) 599-5555.

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Dog Found With Mouth Taped Shut, Tongue Out

In yet extraordinary case of animal cruelty in the Dallas – Forth Worth area, a woman found a dog with its mouth taped and its tongue protruding severely from between its teeth.  Melanie Labrake spotted the animal, a young pug mix, along a rural road in Parker County, west of Fort Worth.  She stopped to try to help it, but the animal darted into a grassy field through a barbed wire fence.  She contacted local authorities who spent several hours searching for the dog.  They finally found it and turned it over to local animal control.

The dog, now named Hope, was taken to Bowie Drive Animal Hospital where she is undergoing treatment thanks to Dr. Kevin Buchanan.

Vets at the clinic said it took more than 100 internal and external stitches to close five open wounds that were one- to five-inches in length, through the muscle tissue.  Doctors said that Hope’s mouth was taped shut for more than 24 hours and that she will likely lose a portion of her tongue.

Originally unable to eat or drink, Hope underwent surgery and was given pain killers an IV and antibiotics.  Fears that she may not be able to eat or drink on her own have subsided as doctors at the animal hospital said Wednesday morning that Hope has been eating and appears to be getting better.

Several local businesses have established a reward fund for information leading to the suspect or suspects in Hope’s abuse.  In total, the fund now stands at $35,000.

Anyone with information about Hope is asked to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Department at (817) 596-8845 or the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (817) 599-5555.


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