Battling Adversity: The Emotional Struggle of a Disfigured Dog Abandoned in a Park

The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for information on a dog found tethered to a tree in Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia on Monday.

The pup was discovered when the Animal Care and Control Team notified the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Team, who responded and immediately transferred the canine to their shelter hospital for treatment.

Although they still refer to her as Lovie, shelter staff have subsequently christened the dog Lavender.

Lovie was discovered with a disfiguring face injury, and veterinary professionals are currently investigating how she may have suffered those injuries.

Vets believe her nasal airways are impaired as a result of the accident, and no nostrils are evident on her face. They say she can breathe via her lips, but she may never be able to breathe normally again.

The SPCA’s Law Enforcement team is requesting anybody who may know her or have information on her owner to contact them as they strive to medically prepare her for her next phase of life.

Although there are still many unknowns regarding Lavender’s life and how she came to be abandoned in Pennypack Park’s vast wooded areas and seemingly left to perish, Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’s director of humane law enforcement, said: “We do know there is someone out there who knows this puppy. “We are asking those individuals to do the right thing and come forward to help us uncover what happened, who did this, and bring them to justice.”

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