Rescued dog Butch: tied to a tree, beaten, shot in the face
Special to The Union
When a group of campers arrived at Sugar Pine Reservoir, outside of Foresthill Sept. 14, they never guessed that the gunshots they heard upon arriving would link them to a dog named Butch, who had been tied to a tree, beaten, shot in the face, then left to die.
The Bay Area campers thought they were hearing target practice. Shortly after that, they began hearing a dog barking and crying. Thinking it was just another camper’s dog, they ignored the cries. For two days, they could hear the forlorn cries of the animal.
Upon packing up to leave Sunday, one of the campers, Jaycene, resolved to not leave until the animal was located. She called out for him, and finally, the dog answered her calls.
In the brush was a medium-sized fluffy brown dog. It was clear he had sustained serious injuries, blood was plastered all over his face, and he was unable to walk.
Jaycene loaded the dog into her car and drove him to her friend Catherine in Pinole, 140 miles away, who then rushed him to the Pinole Vet Clinic.
In addition to what must have been a terrible beating, Butch had been shot in the face multiple times with a pellet gun. His jaw was broken with parts of the bone missing, and the toes on one foot were broken. He had a raging infection in his mouth from the days spent in the woods without treatment.
Butch, renamed Frankie, is now staying with Catherine, and when the infection clears, he will go to UC Davis veterinary facility for specialized and very expensive reconstructive surgery for his jaw.
Hopefully, all will go well, and the dog will have his health restored and become adoptable. Catherine reports that Butch cringes whenever she enters the room holding anything in her arm.
Scooters Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue, at one time adopted Butch out, a dog volunteers remember as a middle-aged, sweet, calm dog with waning eyesight.
Butch was microchipped at that time, so the organization was contacted when the vet scanned the dog for a chip.
Susan Wallace, founder of the rescue, called this “every rescuer’s worst nightmare, to have a dog we re-homed suffer in this way.”
While the details of what exactly happened are unknown, Wallace hopes that the person who did this to Butch will be found and prosecuted.
The task at hand is finding a way to pay for the surgery. Donors are encouraged to send any amount they can to Scooters Pals, PO Box 1687, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924, or go to ScootersPals.org and use any of the payment options.
A special fund has been set up for Butch’s needs.
Denise Cain is a volunteer with Scooters Pals.
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