CATSKILL, N.Y. -- Mauled, bitten and scarred nearly to death Saturday, this little puppy is a survivor.
"What I think happened is somebody had this puppy, it was attacked by another dog. They didn't want to pay the medical expenses associated with bringing this animal back to health, so they discarded it in a parking lot," said Columbia-Green County Humane Society President Ron Perez.
It's the third animal abuse story in Columbia and Greene counties in almost as many weeks.
"We had a hoarding case and a starvation case, now we've got this little guy. The good news is that all the victims, the animals in these cases, things are turning out very well for them," said Perez.
The 47 Ghent puppies found homes, two suspects have been arrested for allegedly tying a dog to a fence to starve in Hudson last week and then this.
"He's doing well, very well. He's responding well to medication, still has some drains in now, but all the tissue areas that were damaged are healing very quickly," said Veterinary Doctor Jerry Bilinski.
Dr. Bilinski, whose Chatham Small Animal Hospital absorbed all the puppy's medical expenses, expects his full recovery in 30 to 45 days. Then he'll go up for adoption. But good news, he says, comes with a warning.
"If you have problems feeding your dog or taking care of your dog or cat, you should go to the humane society and no questions asked and at least save the pet's life," said Bilinski.
What happened to this puppy, he and Columbia Green Humane Society president agree, is criminal.
"This is unacceptable to abandon an animal, in this case, when we are literally 20 minutes away from where this animal was found," said Perez.