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A thug hit, kicked and stamped on his puppy after she chewed the TV remote control.
Kia, an 11-month-old American bull-type dog, was left with injuries to her face and eyes after the vicious attack. Now though, she has found a loving home but remains “clearly scared” following the ordeal.
“Poor Kia was subjected to blunt force trauma by her previous owner which left her with nasty facial injuries.”
Inspector Beth Fazackerley, of RSPCA
A witness said they heard Kia yelping and heard a man shouting at the dog, before hitting her in the face, stamping on her and picking something up from the ground and hitting her twice in the head with it – all because she allegedly chewed the remote control for the TV.
Kia was rescued from the home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and taken into the care of the RSPCA.
Vets discovered bruising to her face, mouth chin, neck and ears and she also had a fractured tooth.
Inspector Beth Fazackerley, who investigated this incident, said: “Poor Kia was subjected to blunt force trauma by her previous owner which left her with nasty facial injuries. Despite everything she had been through, even though she was clearly scared from the way she cowered before the vets, she showed no sign of aggression and was lovely and friendly towards me and the staff at the hospital.
“She must have known we were there to help her.”
After being rehabilitated, Kia was later rehomed to Emily and Seth Snape-Gormley and their two children Soren, five, and two-year-old Saben in Lancashire. She was initially fostered by the family but they soon fell in love with her and adopted her in July last year.
Emily said: “We really love her, it feels like she’s always been part of our family. She’s settled in really well.
“She was a little bit wary at first and a bit withdrawn when she first arrived. When we walked near her she would flinch which was really sad to see and must have been because she’d been hit before.
“She wasn’t as nervous as we expected though considering what she has been through. Thankfully, she’s much more comfortable now.
“She’s really excitable and loves bounding around as though she’s still a puppy. She loves food, playing with balls and rope toys – basically anything we can throw so she can chase after it.
“She’s really lovely with our children which is great. She’s really gentle and chilled with them. She’s definitely settled in as part of our family now and we have spent this Christmas spoiling her rotten.”
The RSPCA says it has seen a rise in cruelty cases like this following an increase in pet ownership during lockdown. They have launched their Winter Appeal to help raise funds so they can continue their vital work and help more animals like Kia.
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