Frannie, a severely injured 10-year-old poodle mix, was rescued on Monday, March 13, from a church in northern St. Louis County. The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force received a call about the dog in need.
In this heartbreaking situation, the small senior dog had been stabbed 19 times by a family member who suffers from mental illness. When the St. Louis County Police Crisis Intervention Team was responding to a call at the church, they found the injured dog covered in blood but still alive, and they called the Humane Society. The family surrendered the dog to the Humane Society of Missouri the next day, apparently believing that it was in the best interests of not only the dog, but also the family struggling to help the woman, who is now in custody.
Frannie was suffering from blood loss, shock, and multiple traumas when she arrived at the Humane Society. She was given IV fluids and pain medication to try to stabilize her condition. Today, she had surgery to inspect her wounds, clean them out, and determine if there were other injuries that needed treatment.
Jeane Jae from the Humane Society talked to Shelter Me. “She was finally stabilized enough to undergo the surgery. Her bloodwork showed evidence of a lot of muscle injury. She has injuries to her neck, left side, shoulder, and back.”
One worker at the Humane Society called it a “savage attack.” Everyone at the Humane Society is hoping that Frannie pulls through the surgery. She will be under 24-hour observation until she is stable. At some point, when she pulls through and is recovered and healthy, Frannie will be available for adoption.
“This dog has been through a huge trauma,” said Jae. “It’s understandable that she is upset, in pain, and scared.” They will know more about her personality as she heals.
Donate to help the Humane Society with Frannie’s care. Updates on Frannie’s condition will be posted.