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Burned puppy in N.C. rallies back to health

susieA 3-month-old puppy burned and left for dead in a park in North Carolina has — amazingly — recovered and is soon to be adopted.

Meanwhile, her former owner, Lashawn Whitehead, made a court appearance yesterday — the first since he was jailed in Greensboro on felony charges of animal cruelty and “burning personal property.”

Whitehead’s mother told the Greensboro News & Record yesterday that her son was afraid the puppy might harm his newborn child.

The dog, since named Susie, was found in Greenfield Park with burns covering more than 60 percent of her body. A pit bull-shepherd mix, had a broken jaw, broken teeth and second and third degree burns on her head, back, stomach, tail and legs.

Veterinarians estimated she had been laying in the park for weeks, based on her body being infested with maggots.

The dog has had extensive treatment for her injuries and is expected to be adopted soon.

“We are really impressed and amazed at how she’s recovering,” said Marsha Williams, director of the Guilford County Animal Shelter.“We didn’t think it would happen this quickly.”

Sixty people have signed up to adopt the puppy, the Greensboro News & Record reported in October.


Comment from BB KNOWLES
Time November 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

This man is a criminal & a danger to all of society. Deal w/him NOW & harshly or wait until he kills or maims a human. IT WILL HAPPEN! PLEASE BE PRO-ACTIVE!

Comment from samantha
Time November 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm

and this piece of garbage is reproducing himself? what are the chances of history repeating itself over and over again. hopefully the small dog can find a good home that it so deserves.

Comment from thalia
Time January 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm

that m an is criminal and should be in jail for harming a puppy.. puppies are the cutest thing after babies.

Comment from Antonette
Time January 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

His explanation for this violent act against this defenceless puppy defies reason. Is it possible he was raised in the same violent manner? If so this family needs to be investigated by CPS. I fear the next victim will be his own baby.

Comment from randum
Time March 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

HE SHOULD HAD TO SUFFER THE SAME EXACT WAY THAT THE PUPPY HAD TO FOR THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME. But for some reason that is inhumane. He should have to suffer mentally or physically or both. He deserves to suffer.