Isabella, This Four-Month-Old Boxer Mix, Was Skinned Alive in Southwest Dallas

Categories: Animal Welfare

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DFW Rescue Me

Update at 4:59 p.m.: An initial investigation by Dallas Animal Services indicates the dog's injuries likely came from a "non-human predator," according to NBC 5.

Original post:DFW Rescue Me is the organization that tried to save Justice, the four-month-old lab terrier found in Pleasant Grove, covered in third-degree burns. Justice died a few days later, but police later arrested four men accused of dousing the puppy with gasoline and lighting it on fire, all of whom are awaiting trial.

The organization now has another hard-luck four-month-old in its care, this one a female boxer mix. The dog, named Isabella, was found partially skinned on November 30 in the front yard of her southwest Dallas home, according to a post on Rescue Me's Facebook page.

According to the post, the puppy is missing 60-70 percent of her skin, from the base of her neck to her tail and shoulder to shoulder. Upon finding the dog, her owners called Dallas Animal Services, which took her to the city shelter. The shelter transferred her to Rescue Me for treatment by a private veterinarian.

"Isabella's prognosis is guarded, due to the amount of skin lost," the post reads. "However, she's eating, and her doctors remain optimistic. They have already begun the painful debridement process, and she will be transported to Texas A&M so specialists there can begin the first of many skin graft surgeries."

The group says that Dallas Animal Services has opened an investigation into the dog's injuries and have canvassed the neighborhood where she was found. I've emailed city spokesman Frank Librio for details, which will be posted if and when they arrive.


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

To do such a thing to a sweet animal.  It makes me sick at heart.

Stephanie Hindall
Stephanie Hindall

Just bc these stories are distasteful and horrific doesn't mean they shouldn't be told. Better to sweep it under the rug, or bring it to society's attention so that change can be made? (Not to mention the outpouring of donations, adoptions and volunteerism that result in reports such as these.)

Yasmin De La Vega
Yasmin De La Vega

Speechless.... But grateful that media covers this kind of atrocities. That's the sign that we are evolving. Just 50 years ago, this would have not been considered "news."

DiabloRojo
DiabloRojo

Gosh I hope they catch the S O B that did this... Poor puppy...

Johnny Bananas
Johnny Bananas

you gotta be one miserable *uck to get a kick outta doing something like this

Lorynn Robb
Lorynn Robb

it says on an update to the article that the injuries are "non-human" caused - what else would cause this????

bradw0203
bradw0203

"Non-human predator,"

Goodluck catching that hardened criminal. Another shocking discovery in this place we call earth.

Gretchen Niles
Gretchen Niles

Just sick. As with Justice's abusers, I hope they rot in hell.

jazgar
jazgar

.@hole19er there are some seriously effed up people in the world.

Shana Michelle Franklin
Shana Michelle Franklin

I hope they find and prosecute who ever did this ..So incredibly twisted sick and cruel and in humane and sad...they need to strengthen the law. I feel physically sick after seeing this ;(

Arin Claxton
Arin Claxton

Shaking head don't understand how someone could hurt any living thing and be so cruel. I hope that whoever did this that they prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Scary people who do this to animals have a history of evolving to killing humans.

chalms716
chalms716

@juliefancher omg omg that is SO sick. Idk if i can even read the article.That stuff makes me livid. Like how do people live with themselves

Mayra Pedraza
Mayra Pedraza

The person that did this is a sick individual, hope they catch the person that did this before they do this again and before they move on to hurting people.

Robin Chavarria Brewer
Robin Chavarria Brewer

The next step after cruelty to animals is cruelty to humans. Lock em up! And dose them with a bit of gasoline and fire too!

Josh McKibben
Josh McKibben

Words do not explain how I feel about this. Animal cruelty is sick and I hope the people responsible are caught and brought to justice. It seems like these things are happening more and more. Does anyone know if there is an increase in abuse, or are we hearing about it more now due to social networking?

Branson Heinz
Branson Heinz

Scum! Its getting harder not to be a misanthropist.

chuck9902
chuck9902

the ultimate display of cowardliness is abusing the weak and defenseless.  Try skinning a grizzly bear alive and see how that works out...morons.  These guys are no better than the slime at the bottom of a trashcan.  

Zak Dahlman
Zak Dahlman

THANKS OBSERVER FOR RUINING MY DAY!!! I can't believe that y'all would post this! Look at all the comments people post on this story... Do people seem happy about this? Or joyful? Or excited??? NO!!!! All this does is make people angry, sad, disgusted! SO YEAH, THANKS! IM GLAD WE CAN ALL COUNT ON YOU TO PROVIDE US WITH THESE EMOTIONS!

Cory Kent
Cory Kent

This literally just made me sick to my stomach. But at least she's eating and the doctors are optimistic, that's a good sign right?

jschaffert
jschaffert

@thenikkib There is a special place in hell for those who would abuse an animal like that.

Jonnee Evans
Jonnee Evans

I CANNOT read the article. The headline alone brought me to angry tears. This only solidifies my general distrust and distaste for the human race.

Thomas Combs
Thomas Combs

Lot of people in Dallas that have zero respect for life, I hate seeing stories like this, it makes me want to move

Judy Conatser
Judy Conatser

OMG I CANNOT read this. Its only a matter of time before the person who did this moves on to humans. A sick, sick, person. He/she needs to be found and put in a jail or a mental ward.

Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins

@Doug, thank you. Observer, please stop posting stories like this. As an owner of 3 dogs, 1 of whom was rescued, and a STRONG animal lover, I do not care for these types of stories to be presented to me. If I wanted to know, I'd seek it out. Please just stick to arts, entertainment, politics, etc., or if you must post please have a nondescript title and indicate in the comments section that the link contains disturbing subject matter.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

I'm not an animal lover but this is realllly bad.

Jordan Sandifer
Jordan Sandifer

I hope they catch them and do the same to them. Maggots.

wilme2
wilme2

$%$#.  We need to catch the criminal that did this.

Amelia Brooks
Amelia Brooks

What in the hell is wrong with people???? I hope they catch the person who did this, skin them alive and hang them out for dead!! HORRIBLE!!!!! Animal cruelty sentencing needs to be changed to harsher sentencing!

Kimberly Black Wilmoth
Kimberly Black Wilmoth

These people need to be found and locked away immediately...These are significant indications of even more disturbing behavior to come...If they can do it to an animal, they can do it to a person guaranteed. True sociopaths!

Carolina Leiva
Carolina Leiva

Oh god, what's wrong with people? I insist, let them suffer the same way they made these animals suffer!

Being Meg
Being Meg

puppies being stolen, puppy being skinned alive. is cruella deville in town?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@Brenda Van Sickle Yes the do, just not the same as humans. How else do you think they get to the meat? Unless they are a reptile, predators don't usually eat fur. 

deep-sigh
deep-sigh

@Branson Heinz Huh...so predators skin their prey in rectangles?  I thought that predators attack, rip, and eat their prey.  I guess we're looking for Wiley E Coyote with a switch blade.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@Zak Dahlman

Man up.

Yes it is terrible, but to think that the correct response is to bury y our head in the sad.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@Stephanie Perkins  

\No no no, Observer please continue to post stories like this. Ignoring problems never helps them to go away.  Shine your light upon these abuses and work to help end them.

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