Puppy recovering after abuse

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kan., police launched an investigation to find the abuser of an 8-week-old puppy.

Unleashed Pet Rescue saved Bridget and her two sisters, Gidget and Fidget from a home in KCK. Bridget arrived with severe chemical burns all over her eyes, nose, mouth and internally.

In less than 24 hours, people donated more than $10,000 for Bridget's medical expenses.

"People are donating from all over the United States. It's getting shared seriously everywhere," said shelter manager Kristen Salouto.

Phones rang off the hook all day at the shelter with even more people wanting to help.

After surgery to remove a quarter-sized piece of metal from Bridget's stomach, she was already up and moving around.

Bridget surprised everyone.

“We have real high hopes for her. I know she's going to make it. She's a fighter and she's come so far already from the videos that we saw of her yesterday compared to how she's acting today," Danielle Reno, director of Unleashed Pet Rescue, said.

KCK police met at Unleashed but didn't want to release anything that would interfere with the investigation. However, animal lovers want to make sure justice is served.

One person on the street who walked up to Reno and Bridget said, "I hope they find whoever it is and I hope appealing to fellow Kansans that we get this individual."

If police find the owner, they'll have to find and prove guilt.

According to the Humane Society, in Kansas, that person would only face up to a year in jail or a maximum fine of $5,000.

But Reno said the puppy wouldn't have survived if it wasn't for the outpouring of love and support from everyone.

"We would not be able to save her if it wasn't for the money people donated. We can't afford to pay thousands and thousands of dollars for every animal. They're all worth it we think. We just have to keep raising the funds to be able to do it," she said.

Bridget will still need regular check-ups and weeks of recovery but she left for a foster family to take care of her Tuesday evening. Unleashed hopes Bridget gets well enough to become adopted in the future.

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