Unknown dog found hanging in tree

San Antonio, TX

Bexar County

June 16, 2008

On the city's west side today, an act of almost amazing cruelty.  A small dog was found hanging from a tree on the West Side.  A Good Samaritan found the dog now known as Chloe hanging near Saunders and Durango.

  (Photo courtesy of Animal Defense League) Somebody made a noose out of a length of twine and hung a puppy dog from a tree at Durango and Saunders. The dog's scared yelps managed to attract a passerby, who rescued the dog and contacted the Animal Defense League.

"Somebody put the time to put that puppy up there, and actually hang her," said Julie Wright of the pet hospital at the ADL.

She says Chloe, was crying loudly while hanging from the tree.  "You could tell how scared she was," she said.  Wright says cases of animal abuse are on the rise in San Antonio, and officials are very concerned about the growing acceptability of these crimes.

"Even just keeping an eye out for things like this is probably a good idea, because you never know," she said. "This could be your neighbor doing this."  Chloe has a rope burn around her neck and a bad case of mange, but Wright says after some treatment she'll be okay.  Officials at A.D.L. said Chloe will be treated and rehabilitated and put up for adoption as soon as she is healed.

San Antonio Police are looking out for the person who did this. They could face felony animal cruelty charges.  If you're interested in adopting Chloe, go to the Animal Defense League web site at http://www.adltexas.org.

Animal Defense League officials are asking anyone with information about these and other crimes of violence against animals to call (210) 655-1481 ext. 111.

Update 7/7/08:

A dog found hanging from a tree back in June has now been placed with a loving foster family.

  (Photo from Animal Defense League)  Chloe went home with her new foster family, Delaina Hodgden and her 12-year-old daughter Zoey.  Chloe will live with the Hodgdens while she continues to recover from the neck injuries she suffered and the aftermath of mange for which she's been receiving treatment. The Hodgden's have also expressed interest in adopting Chloe.

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