Meet Koppy, the adorable, six-pound Shepherd puppy who was brought into The Arrow Fund without her bottom jaw. The puppy was clearly in agonizing pain but was lucky enough to have been rescued from the side of a road in Eastern Kentucky.
It is one thing to rescue an animal who has become injured by accident or is even malnourished because of a lack of food. But to have to take in a puppy so small who has been purposely butchered is enough to make anyone’s stomach churn. Koppy has been through an unimaginable ordeal, and all who have been going out of their way to help her since are horrified by her injuries.
Blue Pearl gave Koppy her initial care and pain medication after her rescue. The Arrow Fund then arranged for her transportation to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital where she was evaluated by Specialist Dr. Odenweller. Emergency surgery had to be performed. Veterinary surgeons found Koppy needed to have part of her lower jaw removed along with dead tissue and skin. She had three fractured teeth that needed extracting. And as if that wasn’t enough, Koppy’s tail stump had to be treated after someone had hacked her tail off with a knife very close to her body, causing both an infection and maggot infestation.
Koppy is slowly recovering from this awful start in life and is already starting to eat. But she is going to need time and a lot of love to recuperate. This is not going to be an easy journey for her, and it is impossible to imagine the fear she must feel in the hands of all these strangers when she has only known cruelty at such a young age.
Whether Koppy was an unwanted pet or a stray that fell into the hands of one of the worst examples of humanity is unclear. And despite being a nation of animal lovers, animal cruelty is still an awful reality for so many. We can only hope that those responsible for these injuries sustained by Koppy will meet justice.
The Arrow Fund targets animal cruelty by helping victims of severe abuse, torture, and neglect, relying on donations from the public to keep going. If you are able to help dogs like Koppy, please consider donating.
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