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Yellow Lab Loses Leg in Animal Cruelty Case

Public Date: 2/13/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Joanie Toole, Animal Control Supervisor, Oakland County Pet Adoption Center
Phone Number: 248-393-3572

‚ÄčAuburn Hills, Michigan -- Oakland County Animal Control is investigating a case of animal cruelty against a 10-month-old yellow Labrador puppy named Marley whose lower leg was missing its flesh, "leaving nothing but exposed bone," according to a police report. Marley was rushed to emergency surgery at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center in Auburn Hills to amputate his left front leg Friday, February 10.

"This is an unspeakable act against a very sweet puppy," said Dr. Jeffrey Fortna, veterinarian for Oakland Pet Adoption Center. "Fortunately, the prognosis is good and Marley should make a full recovery in about two to three weeks."

On January 26, Waterford Township Police were called to a residence on Jay Street on an unrelated issue when an officer noticed an injury to Marley's front left leg. The officer informed the owner she must seek medical attention for Marley. The owner promised to get Marley the help he needed. That care never happened.

Then on the evening of February 10, Waterford Police were once again called to the residence on an unrelated matter. Marley's owner was not present, but other family members were. The officer noticed the owner failed to get Marley proper medical care. Waterford Police then notified Oakland County Animal Control, who responded to the scene.

"Animals don't have anyone to defend them," said Waterford Township Police Chief Dan McCaw. "When you see people abusing an animal, please report it to your local authorities."

At this time, the cruelty case remains under investigation by Oakland County Animal Control, pending charges against Marley's owner. Meanwhile, the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center is seeking donations to help defray the costs of Marley's emergency surgery and subsequent care. Oakland Pet Adoption Center hopes to find Marley a loving home once he has fully recovered.

"Marley is very social, great with kids, cats and other dogs," said Deputy Christopher Klebba, the Oakland County Animal Control officer that responded to the call on Friday.

MarleyThose who wish to donate to help cover Marley's surgery and after care costs, please call 248-391-4100.

For more information, please visit www.oakgov.com/petadoption or call 248-391-4100.