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Abused puppy in recovery after surgery

Posted at 4:58 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 21:20:15-04

A five to six-week-old puppy has undergone the first of possibly several surgeries after a rubber band was embedded around its muzzle.

Her tail also needed to be repaired after what appeared to be a “home-done” tail cropping.

Veterinarians at Buellton Veterinary Clinic say the surgery went well and the puppy is in “good spirits.”

Santa Barbara County Animal Services changed the name of the puppy from “Pups” to “Koa” which is a Hawaiian word meaning valiant warrior, one that is strong, brave and fearless.

Koa recovers from surgery. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Animal Services)


Representatives from Santa Barbara County Animal Services say the wounds will likely heal in the coming weeks and Koa will have a full life. The doctor hopes the blood flow in the nose and upper roof of Koa’s mouth will improve over time.

Animal Services says they have received four or five calls from community members wanting to adopt the puppy.

The current goal is keeping Koa happy and safe while healing.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking anyone with information about the abused puppy to call (805) 934-6119 ext. 7.