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Left to die, he’s rescued by another dog

When one of her two Pomeranians dashed out of the car seconds after she parked, Elizabeth Rivera followed to see what the dog was after.

When she caught up, Rivera found her dog Gizmo standing over a seemingly lifeless puppy in a drainage ditch, licking its face.

The white puppy, about 12 to 16 weeks old, was curled up in a four-foot deep drainage ditch with his muzzle tightly wrapped with duct tape. “We thought he was dead,” Rivera told the Wayne Independent.

Rivera, owner of Lizzy’s Head to Toe Salon in Newfoundland, Pa., found the puppy while visiting a friend in Hamlin, Pa. Tuesday night. An animal lover, she had brought her two Pomeranians, Angel and Gizmo, with her, tucked safely in her pocketbook when she exited the car around 10 p.m. But Gizmo jumped out and made a mad dash for the nearby ditch.

The dog Gizmo found growled when Rivera and a friend attempted to reach for it, but after letting the dog sniff their hands, the pup allowed the tape to be removed.

They took the pup to Rivera’s salon where they removed ticks, applied salve to his raw muzzle where the tape had torn away his fur, bathed him, wrapped him in a blanket and kept him overnight. Later they took the seriously underweight pup to a veterinary hospital where he was treated for dehydration.

With visibly showing ribs, Adam is underweight. “He didn’t get this way overnight,” said Sue Frisch, manager of the Dessin Animal Shelter manager, where the dog — given the name Adam — is now being kept.

It’s unknown if the dog’s mouth was taped shut as punishment, or in an attempt to kill it, but Metzger suspected the latter.

“Horrible, horrendous cruelty …You don’t tape a dog’s mouth shut without wanting it to die,” Metzger said.

Metzger and State Dog Warden Jim Rickert are looking for any information involving the incident, including knowledge of possible litter mates. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

By early Thursday, calls were already coming in to Dessin from people hoping to adopt the friendly pup, having seen his picture on TV.


Comment from tsg
Time March 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

Kudos to Elizabeth, although I giggle a smidge (as a 20 yr. veteran of the hair industry myself) that she took the little guy to the salon first.