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.