Puppy found shot, freezing in Youngstown is in recovery

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A 14-week-old black pitbull mix was found shot on the south side of Youngstown Thursday morning. He underwent surgery in the afternoon and is now getting treatment at Animal Charity of Ohio.

Vets believe the puppy — which they have named Dunkin — will make a full recovery. But the original scene wasn’t pretty.

Humane agents found the puppy behind an abandoned house on the 700 block of East Avondale Avenue in Youngstown.

He was completely hypothermic with a temperature below 90 degrees. He was also covered in blood — his paws frozen to the wire metal cage — with a bloody hole in his muzzle.

Neighbors heard the puppy’s cries. They then called humane agents, who treated the puppy immediately for hypothermia.

Dunkin’s surgery went well — he had a few teeth removed and his muzzle stitched — and is now resting.

Animal Charity said it has no leads on this case and is begging for the public’s help.

“We really honestly have nothing to go on,” Mary Louk of Animal Charity said. “If anyone in the area knows anything, we would really like to talk to them. We want to find out who did this.”

Dunkin is very thin.

Vets say the puppy is lucky to have been found when he was, because he probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer.

Animal Charity is asking anyone with information to please call their humane division at 330-788-1064.

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