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RCMP probe suspected cases of animal abuse

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Boo Boo is a three month old Terrier cross with a fractured hind leg.

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Boo Boo is a three month old Terrier cross with a fractured hind leg.

A nine-month-old puppy had its throat slit open with its trachea exposed and a three-month-old puppy was trying to survive with a broken leg.

Both dogs, now in the care of D'Arcy's A.R.C. (Animal Rescue Centre), were found in the RM of Hanover. The RCMP in St. Pierre-Jolys are investigating the two cases as possible animal abuse.

"We see these things, and we're always saddened that things like this happen. Animal abuse seems to be a never-ending battle," said D'Arcy Johnston, chief executive officer of D'Arcy's A.R.C.

'We see these things and we're always saddened that things like this happen. Animal abuse seems to be a never-ending battle'

-- D'Arcy Johnston, chief executive officer of D'Arcy's A.R.C.

The dog with the gaping wound in its throat is a female Labrador puppy his group named Lemon Lime. She was found roaming near Grunthal and exhibited obvious signs of neglect, including a clean cut across her throat exposing her trachea, and she had more than 200 engorged wood ticks on her thin body.

Lemon Lime was taken to an animal hospital and examined by a veterinarian, but it has not been confirmed the cut along the neck was malicious or abusive in nature.

"When we got her, she wagged her tail at us. This is a dog who has had a home," Johnston said.

Three weeks ago, a three-month-old male terrier cross named Boo Boo was found roaming in an area near the community of Mitchell suffering from a broken hind leg. He was brought to D'Arcy's A.R.C. for care but it is not known how or when the injury occurred.

"He just had his cast changed today, and he's doing well," Johnston said.

He said it is not known what caused Lemon Lime's throat wound but they know what didn't: a collar grown in, a chain, an animal attack or barbed wire.

"This looks different," Johnston said. "This one is three inches across the throat and it's super-straight and very clean and the trachea is exposed. It's a matter of a quarter of an inch and the dog would have been dead."

He said the wound must remain uncovered for the early stages of healing and is being treated with hydrotherapy and antibiotics.

Both dogs will remain at the shelter until their wounds have healed, which is expected to take at least two months. Donations to assist with the ongoing care of the puppies are welcomed and can be made by going to darcysarc.ca.

RCMP said there is no direct link between the two dogs. Owners have yet to be confirmed.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 12, 2014 A14

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