She was named “Jenna” by the staffers, who have quickly gotten attached to her.
She is a Catahoula leopard hound mix found in the Fellsmere area limping, scarred and scared.
Now Vero Beach Humane Society officials are hoping to locate the veterinarian whose unique operation helped give this dog her day.
The pooch was found limping in an area notorious for dog fighting, officials said. But after reviewing X-rays, shelter veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Bybee recognized the pooch had previously undergone extensive — and expensive — lifesaving surgery.
“The surgery would have cost her family several thousand dollars,” Bybee said. “It’s clear that someone, or some family, really loved her.”
The details of the operation are unique and details are not being released, to make sure she is returned to the rightful family.
Humane Society officials speculate the dog may have been stolen and then used as practice for the fighting dogs.
“She’s too gentle to have been used as a fighting dog but our fear is that she may have been used as what’s called a bait dog,” said Janet Winikoff, director of education at the Humane Society of Vero Beach.
It’s horrible, and sickening, to think that she was dognapped to be used as bait. If anyone has information about Jenna, or can help the Humane Society reunite Jenna with her family please call (772)388-3331, ext. 31.