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Aug 29, 2014 11:56 AM by KSBY Staff

Coyote pup found badly beaten in Santa Maria continues to recover

A coyote pup found badly beaten in Santa Maria near the beginning of the month continues to recover.

Sierra, as rescuers are calling her, was found tied up, dehydrated, and starving on Tunnel Street.

She is recovering from jaw surgery that was performed more than two weeks ago.

Animal Rescue Team, Inc., which is based in Solvang, says she is eating and is active.

They say their main goal is to rehab her and release her back into the wild.

"We try to release our wildlife in the fall, but because of the drought, right now we're gonna hold off and wait until we get a few rains, so she's got a ways to go. She's very small and very behind the growth schedule," says Julia Di Sieno with Animal Rescue Team.

If veterinarians decide the animal is not healthy enough for release, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will place her into a living museum for education.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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