ALAMOSA, Colo. UPDATE: The San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society posted the following on their Facebook page Friday night:
"Baby Hope - Terribly abused Baby Hope has had the best veterinary care and is now doing well. She will make a full recovery and be happy and healthy again. She is in loving hands and will be adopted to the best of homes once she is fully recovered.
There has been a large outpouring of love and concern for her. Many have donated to pay her medical bills and for a reward for information that leads to the prosecution of her abuser. Every effort is being made to locate and bring her abuser to justice."
On Wednesday, a couple was walking down the street in Romero, Colo. and noticed a badly injured dog in a box.
Immediately, they called the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society (SLVAWS) out of Alamosa. An employee with SLVAWS arrived, then took the animal to the Monte Vista Animal Clinic for treatment. The employee says when she arrived, the dog was to0 scared to come out of the box.
11 News spoke to the SLVAWS employee who responded to that call. She told us the dog is a 12-week-old, all-black lab named "Hope." Hope had several wounds including: a gun shot wound through the shoulder, bruises all over its body (may have been beaten), and a large slit through its throat. The vet believes that the injuries took place Monday evening.
SLVAWS says they don't know who did this to the animal. They are offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. She told 11 News they have a few 'suspects' in mind right now. SLVAWS posted several posters with information about the dog around Romero.
SLVAWS is also trying to raise money to pay for the dog's medical bills. The total cost of the bills is $300. To donate: pay online by visiting www.slvaws.org. For more information, call: 719.587.WOOF (9663).
As of March 14th, SLVAWS says Hope is recovering. The vet was unable to sew the sliced neck because of all the debris so the wound is healing from the inside. SLVAWS says Thursday was the first time the dog was able to look at the vet in the eye.