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SHERMAN OAKS (CNN) — A dog in California is recovering after being found close to death in a Los Angeles alley.
His was the face of abuse and neglect. The young pit bull mix, now named Avery, was found with another dog in Watts Monday abandoned in an alley.
“We went out to see if we could go out and rescue and found her tied with an electrical cord tied to a fence. And she had clearly been beaten and spray-painted and had a lot of injuries. The other dog, unfortunately, was not found alive,” says Ellie Roberto with Animal Hope and Wellness.
Nonprofit organization Animal Hope and Wellness rushed her to McGrath Veterinary Center in Sherman Oaks where she had several seizures.
Veterinarian Dr. Brian McGrath says, “We went out to see if we could go out and rescue and found her tied with an electrical cord tied to a fence. And she had clearly been beaten and spray-painted and had a lot of injuries. The other dog, unfortunately, was not found alive.”
Dr. McGrath was able to reduce her brain swelling, stop seizures, and start treating her other injuries.
“When she came in she had an electrical cord around her neck that they were using to basically try to hang her, so she had some lacerations on her neck from the electrical cord and some damage to her esophagus and throat,” says Dr. McGrath.
She also has a skin condition called mange, is severely underweight from being malnourished, and was spray painted for some reason. Her eyes have chemical burns from an unknown substance and she has a hole in one of her paws.
Marc Ching, founder of Animal Hope and Wellness says Avery was likely assaulted as part of a gang initiation.
The animal cruelty has been reported to police.
Although she’s been through unimaginable pain and abuse, this wounded puppy is already learning to trust again.
“I feel hurt, obviously being a vet you’re someone that cares about animals and people and to know that a person could do that to an animal is obviously disheartening to the entire human race, but I also feel very fortunate that I’m in a position to work with Marc and his rescue and help these animals who will have a fulfilling life,” says Dr. McGrath.
Avery will go to a foster home once she leaves the hospital. And once her hair grows back, she will be put up for adoption.