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Puppy's Leg Amputated After Beatings

The SPCA wants the public's help in finding who's responsible for injuring 5-month-old Beau.

The SPCA is investigating a case of animal abuse involving a five-month old puppy beaten so severely that his skull was fractured twice and doctors had to amputate one leg to save his life.

Beau, a boxer mix, is recovering from injuries that also include broken ribs, a broken jaw and other fractures. One of Beau's front legs was amputated after it was broken twice.

The SPCA is asking that anyone who may have information on the animal cruelty case to step forward. There is a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect or suspects involved.

The beatings took place in the neighborhood of 46th Street North and 57th Avenue North, according to the SPCA.

The SPCA has had an open cruely case on Beau since June 22. Investigators are now trying to get the evidence to bring a case against those who may be responsible.

A good Samaritan rescued the dog after Beau allegedly suffered subsequent beating after an initial report was made, the agency said.

According to SPCA Tampa Bay: "Jill Purl, SPCA Tampa Bay humane officer, responded to a plea for help from the woman who rescued Beau and got him life-saving medical care. SPCA's role in this case includes obtaining evidence to assist law enforcement in building a case against the person who hurt the dog."

If you have information, call the SPCA's 24-hour animal abuse hotline: 727-586-3591, ext. 135. The reward is made possible through an ASPCA grant.

"Our hearts break at the abuse this young animal has suffered in only 5 months of life," said Nora Hawkins of the SPCA. "Beau’s injuries were extensive and show a pattern of abuse. Miraculously Beau is alive and healing."

Already, there has been an outpouring of support on the SPCA's Facebook page:

"Poor baby, how cruel. We need stronger laws on animal abuse. No probation (and) prison time," wrote Linda Hetue.

"I will foster if you need help," offered Jackie Schwab.

"I hope they find and proseute the person who is responsible for this," wrote Giselle Rodriguez.

Gary Hart August 11, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I am so outraged at this. There are no words I want to use that I'd be able to given the public nature of this post. Every four letter under the sun and magnified by 10 wouldn't even come close. I believe that torture in all forms- physical and mental- and I include in this all forms of : rape, child abuse, animal abuse, bigotry, bullying- is the most heinous of all crimes and these purpretrators spots in hell are already reserved
SPCA Tampa Bay August 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Linda, Thank you so much for covering Beau's story. We hope someone will come forward with evidence to support the case. Nora/SPCA Tampa Bay
bonnie August 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Nora and Linda, thank you for bringing Beau's story to the public. As of yesterday the Pinellas Park Police still had not interviewed the vet that treated Beau or talked to either Todd or Becky. Once they do we are hoping they have enough for an arrest. In the meantime Beau has accumulated medical bills of approximately $3000.00. A fund has been set up to help with those bills so that the good hearted person who adopted Beau won't have to pay them. http://helpforbeau.chipin.com/beaus-healthcare
Forest August 11, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I want to give this puppy a good home. Please provide information to this end. Tears are streaming and my heart is heavy.
3dognightshift August 11, 2012 at 02:13 PM
"The SPCA has had an open cruely case on Beau since June 22"... WHY DIDN"T THEY STEP IN AND TAKE THE DOG??? Are you kidding me? They just left this helpless little puppy there to suffer THIS kind of abuse? This makes me so sick, and what's even more frustrating is this: even after an arrest is made, these idiots will still be able to live their lives with no repercussion (or better yet, PAIN). It wouldn't do for me to meet these losers who did this to this baby dog.
Catherine August 11, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thank you Gary for putting your words to the feelings that are surging within me at this time.
Catherine August 11, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Bonnie, I've attempted to 'chip in' twice now but keep on getting this response: "tammy@tricountypools.com Choose a way to pay Error Message Your session has expired. If you would like to save your information please go to the email receipt for this transaction and click 'Save Your Info'." Any solutions that you can offer to make my transaction and that of others to be received would be great. Thanks much for your aid in our attempts to help cover Beau's bills.
Catherine August 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
God bless you Forest ... if all works for the best, I pray that you will be the new Papa of this abused pup, Beau. And if so, please don't ever short the little one of love as he's going to need a life-full plus of that heart-felt emotion.
Catherine August 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
My heart would be fulfilled if all who abuse animals, children or heck, anyone or any living creature, would be rounded up and set-upon a deserted island to just abuse each other - freeing the remainder of we kind hearted people from their heinous behavior. Also, when an individual does claim the reward of $500. hopefully they'll see it in their hearts to turn the claim money over to help pay for Beau's medical care. It's a sad day when a reward of money has to be offered to find the source of such horrid acts inflicted upon such a helpless creature - in this case, precious Beau. If people would just step forward to turn in the abuser out of the kindness of their hearts, what a better world this could be. My heart hurts with grief over the abuse inflicted on this dear, small puppy.
Angela M Marrell August 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I personally do not own a dog, I have 2 in door cats, one that some veterarian took both front and back claws from this inicent cat having no defense for herself if she was left outside,we are very greatful we have her and another cat that stays protected indoors. I care for every living creature animals/humans on this earth. No animal/human should be treated in this manner. I like the suggestion of the reward money going towards to help Beau. Since June 22nd Beau has been reported to the SPCA why wasn't something been done about this? Does it take a fractured skull, ribs broken, a leg taken off and broken for the SPCA to now step in??? What a cruel world we live in...Would we wait for a human being to have this done to them before any action was taken care of ? My heart goes out to Beau and all the other animals/humans that this happens to. Angela Marrell
Hook August 13, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Gobsmacked !!
bonnie August 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Forest, Beau has been adopted by Kat Burke, the Vet tech that rescued him and treated him. She fell in love with him while treating him and couldn't part with him when he was ready to leave. He will have more than enough love to hopefully make up for the few miserable months he spent with his former owners. For more information and updates go to our facebook group JUSTICE FOR BEAU. There are updated pictures there.
bonnie August 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The puppy was removed from the home within hours of the abuse. He was released to Kat Burke who immediately brought him to the Vet Hospital that she works at. The dog remained there until it was ready to be adopted. Luckily for Beau, Kat fell in love with this little guy and couldn't let go when it was time to talk about adopting him out. She adopted him and he will be well taken care of and get as much love as he can get from her and hopefully it will make up for the horror he went through during his first few months on this planet. For more on this go to our group JUSTICE FOR BEAU on facebook. As for the loser that did this to the dog, we are not going to rest until he is in jail on a felony animal cruelty charge and are pushing for a neglect and endangerment charge against his wife.
bonnie August 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Catherine it has been my experience that the type of bullys that beat women, children or animals never confront someone of their own size so putting them all on an island wouldn't do any good.
bonnie August 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The incident actually happened on 6/17/12 and the animal was surrendered to Kat Burke and she brought it to her place of employment, Haines Road Animal Hospital where he stayed while being treated. The animal hospital filed a complaint to the SPCA and they began their investigation which hasn't gone anywhere because they have been unable to interview Todd, who merely does not answer the door when any investigator comes to the door. The Pinellas County Sheriff's office was initially called and they then attempted to interview Todd with no luch and they turned the case over to the Pinellas Park Police Department. THEY have had the case for two weeks and have not interviewed the vet or Todd. THEY are the ones that need to get on the ball and make an arrest. If you want to be upset with anyone call the Pinellas Park Police Department, Corporal Dave Lynch, at 727-214-7855, and ask him the status of case #12-48835.
bonnie August 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
for more information and updates on this story please go to our group on Facebook: Either do a search for JUSTICE FOR BEAU or copy and paste this link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/groups/512836732065092/
SPCA Tampa Bay August 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM
August 18th, Todd Walker arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. More... http://www2.tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2012/aug/17/man-arrested-in-abuse-that-cost-puppy-a-leg-ar-467594/

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