The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Madera Police Department: Pet Owner's Child Put Rubber Band Around Muzzle of Puppy The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Madera Police Department: Pet Owner's Child Put Rubber Band Around Muzzle of Puppy

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Madera Police Department: Pet Owner's Child Put Rubber Band Around Muzzle of Puppy


Harry is the adorable young puppy who was brought to Madera County Animal Control with rubber bands tightly wrapped around his muzzle. The band had cut through the fur and skin and into his mouth. It took surgery to repair the wound, and luckily, Harry is recovering now.

The woman who brought him, Ana Zarco, has stated that she found the dog in a park. The press release stated in part:

"Ana had fabricated a story about locating Harry at a local park. After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that Zarco was in possession of Harry for over two months and one of Zarco’s young children placed the rubber bands around Harry’s snout. The child is not of age to face criminal charges. It is unknown when the rubber bands were placed on Harry. Zarco stated she did not realize Harry’s snout was wrapped in rubber bands; Zarco said she took the dog to the shelter because she didn’t want it to die. The Madera Police department will be requesting animal abuse and neglect charges against Zarco."

Harry has recovered from his surgery. The staff at the veterinary clinic love him. He's sweet, friendly and like any puppy, he loves to play.

Incidents like this one should serve to remind everyone that leaving dogs alone with children is always a bad idea. It's not just what the dog might do to the child, but what the child might do to the dog. It's inconceivable that this woman didn't realize what her child had done to their puppy for days -- and that's probably how long it would have taken for this kind of damage to be done.

Supervise children and animals carefully. Little children don't always know that they are being cruel to animals. In this case, it's not clear how old the child was.
  
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