Dog found with rope embedded in neck recovering amid abuse investigation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) —
A pit bull found hungry, dehydrated and scared with a rope embedded about an inch and a half around her neck is recovering well according to a veterinarian with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
Promise as she was named by her rescuers, is now the focus of an animal abuse investigation. Her owner has been located according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
A neighbor in Warrior first spotted Promise after she apparently broke loose from the rope. Two by Two Animal Rescue answered the plea for help as the story spread across social media last week. Heather Wyatt brought her to Hope Animal Clinic while the group raised money for the medical care.
"You think you see bad things, then it's worse. [You] just [feel] a sadness for her; you don't get that way overnight," remarked Wyatt.
Medical staff says the rope was making it difficult for Promise to swallow as her head began to swell from dehydration. They estimate this went on for weeks, perhaps a month.
Several horrifying cases have been featured in the news recently, including pit bulls found chained to a wall in an abandoned Hayleyville home last week. Some were already dead.
Heather Wyatt is among those saying too often they hear police can't or won't seize animals on private property.
"You don't see that in other states. There are no laws here to protect animals," worries Wyatt.
An Alabama lawmaker working on a humane tethering law suddenly died, leaving the legislation up in the air for the January session.
The Alabama Director of Humane Society United States, Mindy Gilbert, says passing a state law would be extremely difficult. She says cities have had much greater success on the local level. She says with a felony animal abuse law on the books now for years, there is plenty of room for law enforcement to act.
Gilbert says she believes it's more a training and a resource gap. One-third of Alabama cities with populations over 5,000 don't meet state code requiring an impound facility and animal control officer.
The GBHS says it is working to put together a program to help train law enforcement officers in the specifics of the law and how to best respond and build cases.