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Santa Barbara County Animal Services investigating case of animal cruelty

Posted at 1:45 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 00:02:47-04

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) – The puppy, who has been named “Pups,” was set to undergo the first of several surgeries Thursday afternoon.

Veterinarians say the rubber band that someone wrapped around her muzzle dug into the flesh around her nose and the roof of her mouth, creating an area of dead tissue.

Pups is estimated to be five to six weeks old. Veterinarians say she will heal and have a full life.

“It left me speechless yesterday and today I have a good plan for helping her and that makes me feel very hopeful,” said Tina Taylor, PETS Hospital Medical Director.

Pups before surgery on Thursday, May 16. (KSBY photo)


(1:46 p.m.) – Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking anyone with information about an abused puppy to come forward.

The puppy was reportedly taken to PETS Hospital in Orcutt with what appeared to be a deep laceration to her muzzle. It turned out there was a rubber band embedded in it.

According to Animal Services, the woman who dropped her off at the veterinary office said she found the dog somewhere in Lompoc but wasn’t specific and provided false information.

Animal Services asks anyone who recognizes this puppy or has information that may help with this investigation to call (805) 934-6119 ext. 7.

The puppy suffered severe damage to the tissue around her muzzle. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Animal Services)


They say the puppy is under veterinary care and they are hopeful, but she is in a lot of pain and the tissue around her nose has been severely damaged.

Donations for her care can be made to the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation.