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UPDATE: Puppies injured by bleach ready for adoption

UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 1:50 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The Fond du Lac Humane Society says the two puppies injured with bleach are now ready for adoption.

The puppies gained attention when one was found in a plastic bag in a trash container in Fond du Lac last month. Police say a boy dumped bleach on the two puppies because one was biting his feet.

The boy's mother is charged with failing to take action after learning about the injured dogs. The puppies suffered burns and eye ulcers. The puppy found in the trash had lung damage.

WBAY-TV reports veterinarians have checked the puppies and found they're ready for adoption. Local Humane Society director Renee Web says they are going to be "very, very normal puppies."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 9:41 a.m.

From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:

FOND DU LAC (WITI) – The puppies that suffered chemical burns after being doused in bleach are ready for adoption.

CLICK HERE to visit the Fond du Lac Humane Society’s website to view video of the puppies.

30-year-old Amanda Farr of Fond du Lac is facing seven charges — including:

--mistreatment of animals (party to a crime) — a felony
--intentionally giving poison to an animal (party to a crime) — a misdemeanor
--intentional abandonment of animals (party to a crime) — a misdemeanor
--intentionally provide improper outdoor animal shelter from inclement weather – a misdemeanor
--mistreating animals – intentional or negligent violation (party to a crime) — a misdemeanor
--intentionally giving poison to an animal (party to a crime) — a misdemeanor
--disorderly conduct

A criminal complaint in the case says officers were dispatched on Saturday, February 22nd to an apartment complex on Martin Avenue in Fond du Lac in reference to a cruelty to animals complaint.

There, they spoke with an individual who told them he had gone outside to place garbage in the community dumpster, when he heard a whimpering sound coming from a trash bag inside the dumpster.

The complaint says the man was able to retrieve the trash bag and noticed that inside was a second trash bag, filled with trash and a puppy.

The man told police he noticed a strong odor of bleach coming from the puppy. He said he and another individual took the puppy inside, and began rinsing the puppy with water, according to the complaint.

Officers discovered two additional puppies and two adult dogs inside an apartment there.

The three puppies discovered on Saturday are six-week-old American Staffordshire Terriers.

Two of the puppies suffered serious injuries as a result of being doused in bleach — though one of the puppies was spared from injury entirely.

The initial veterinary examinations were performed on February 22nd — the same day the puppies were discovered.

The complaint says the intake exam for Tina showed approximately three hours of contact with bleach without care, labored breathing, chemical burns to the face and eyes, eyes swollen shut, and other medical concerns. The Humane Society also learned Tina’s tear ducts were not functioning because of exposure to bleach.

An examination the next day showed Tina was dehydrated, her eyes were inflamed and bloody, the nose/throat area was bloody with abnormal noisy breathing. Additionally, a veterinarian noticed tongue ulcers and labored breathing, according to the complaint.

The complaint says on Feburary 26th, Tina was examined again. Tina was found to still have chemical burns along her face, respiratory difficulty and other medical ailments related to exposure to bleach.

An examination on Wednesday, March 5th showed injuries to Tina’s eyes and tear ducts appear to be resolved.

As for Turner, his intake veterinary examination on February 22nd showed he was estimated to have been exposed to bleach for approximately three hours with the air temperature in the dumpster estimated to be around 22 degrees, according to the complaint.

The complaint says Turner was noted to have labored breathing, with chemical burns to his face and eyes. The examination showed his eyes were inflamed, and he had severe noisy breathing with a bloody nose and throat.

The report showed a “good portion” of Turner’s lungs were not inflating, according to the complaint.

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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 7:06 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The mother of an 8-year-old boy accused of injuring two puppies with bleach is charged in Fond du Lac County.

The 30-year-old Fond du Lac woman is accused of failing to take action after learning about the injured 6-week-old puppies. The dogs, Tina and Turner, suffered chemical burns to their eyes and mouths. A veterinary exam this week shows the male puppy has permanent lung damage that will make him more susceptible to lung infections.

Action Reporter Media says the mother is charged with felony mistreatment of animals and six misdemeanors. A conviction on all charges carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison. The puppies are being cared for at a foster home. Fond du Lac Humane Society Shelter Manager Renee Webb says they've received many applications for adoption of the dogs.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 6, 2014 --- 1:00 p.m.

From our news partner WLUK in Green Bay

FOND DU LAC – We have an update on the three Fond du Lac puppies found about two weeks ago.

Two of the puppies were doused in bleach and one was tossed in the dumpster. The puppies include two males named Ike and Turner, and one female.

The Humane Society says a vet checked them again Wednesday. The puppies’ eyes look “very” good and their tear ducts seem to be functioning properly. The vet did say that an X-ray showed that Turner has scarring on his lungs.

An eight-year-old boy and his mother could face charges in the case.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 27, 2014 --- 4:05 p.m.

From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:

FOND DU LAC (WITI) — The puppies that suffered chemical burns after being doused in bleach are now playing, eating and drinking on their own.

The Fond du Lac Humane Society shared new video of the puppies on Thursday, February 27th.

The pups will be on antibiotics for quite a while — and officials are continuing to treat their eyes. The chemical burns to the face and head are healing nicely.

Donations to the Sweetie Medical fund allow the Fond du Lac Humane Society to treat major medical cases like this one. CLICK HERE if you’d like to donate.

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Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 8:49 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Fond du Lac police say animal cruelty charges are possible against an 8-year-old boy who used bleach to injure two puppies.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says a neighbor found one of the 6-week-old puppies doused in bleach in a garbage bag that had been thrown in trash container at Maplewood Commons apartments Feb. 22. Klein says the boy apparently got angry with the puppy for nipping at some of the children inside the apartment. Klein says he also splashed bleach in the face of a second puppy.

Action Reporter Media says the boy's mother could also face charges for failing to intervene. Fond du Lac Humane Society Shelter manager Renee Webb says the puppies suffered chemical burns to their eyes and noses and respiratory injuries caused by inhaling the bleach.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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