TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH (ABC 4 Utah) – ‘Lucy,’ a 16 month-old German Shepherd is recovering at home tonight after being severely beaten, while her owner – Shelly Anderson – is trying to figure out how Lucy came to have a broken leg.
“She’s a very friendly dog, she’s never been a timid, afraid kinda dog and she’s not at all aggressive,” said Shelly.
So it came as a shock to her to find out that someone had injured her dog.
“My first instinct wasn’t that somebody hurt her, because I just don’t think on those terms.”
It was on the night of March 3rd that Shelly came home after work and noticed that something was immediately wrong when Lucy didn’t come rushing into the house.
“She didn’t come in right away. So, I went out there and she was coming up onto my porch limping.”
The next morning she took Lucy to the veterinarian who performed an x-ray and told her that Lucy’s injuries were severe, and that she would require extensive surgery.
“How it was broken, it was not consistent with her falling or something falling on her, or her getting stuck on something,” Shelly said.
She was referred to a specialist and immediately took Lucy there. After hours of surgery Lucy had a titanium plate placed into her leg along with several screws. The total cost of the surgery was about $3,700 not including follow up x-rays and follow-up care.
She filed a police report and the investigation was handed over to the West Valley Animal Control who is currently investigating the case. Shelly believes a neighbor may be the one responsible for injuring Lucy.
“I’m not the kind of person to go and accuse somebody, it’s just…it’s too coincidental that things that I’ve dealt with him for the last several months have made me kinda miserable.”
She says the neighbor in question has never had any close contact with her or Lucy and she wouldn’t elaborate on who the neighbor was until the investigation was over and complete, but did say the neighbor had made rude remarks to her about her dog.
Neighbors in the area were surprised to learn that someone would hurt Lucy.
“I was a little shocked,” said Jennifer Mendelhall, “it was not a mean dog, there was nothing wrong with the dog.”
Jennifer Mendelhall, lives directly behind Shelly’s house and says she never had any problems with Lucy.
“When we’re outside in the backyard he’d bark and come over to the fence and you could reach over and pet him and say hello to him,” she said.
We also reached out to the Humane Society regarding the case and in a statement said,
“If this was a situation that involved a problem with an animal, it is unfortunate that someone decided to take the matter into their own hands instead of filing a complaint with the proper authorities. The dog did not deserve to suffer. Whoever may be found guilty to have trespassed and committed this act of animal cruelty should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and offer restitution for resultant veterinary bills. The Humane Society of Utah extends its sympathy to the owner and hopes her dog heals quickly.”
The person responsible could face several charges including trespassing and cruelty to animals assuming that the individual who caused the injury had no legal right to access the property and wasn’t legally defending him or herself.
Shelly just hopes that Lucy makes a full and speedy recovery and that the person responsible for hurting Lucy is brought to justice.
If you would like to help out Lucy and the Anderson family you can go to http://www.gofundme.com/lucyneedsyou.