Dog starts to recover after being badly burned

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ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- The veterinarian at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin said it is the worst burn wound she has ever seen on an animal. It has been one month since Sunny, a one-year-old Labrador mix, was brought to the humane society and now her caretakers are giving an update on her progress and showing how far she has come.

"It's unimaginable what she went through," said Jennefer Lueck, Sunny’s foster mom.

Sunny is still healing and has a long way to go but her foster family said her personality still shines through.

"She’s a great dog. She's a family dog,” said Lueck.

It has been a long road to get to where she's at today, with 12 procedures and daily care still needed.

"Very hot water got poured on her. The wounds were left to sit. Her skin started falling off. She got a really bad infection," said Veterinarian Penny Coder. "I had to cut tissue away to let it heal, actually her bandages were sutured on at the beginning."

Cody Sholes from Beloit has been charged with one count of felony mistreatment of an animal.

In a criminal complaint, authorities said Sholes claimed he found sunny covered in urine and feces and then put the dog in a bathtub, ran the water, and left the dog in the tub to attend to an infant. The criminal complaint also details that Sholes said he had turned the water heater up to the highest temperature because the water in his apartment was cold.

It'll be at least another month before she can be adopted.

"It’s never ever going to happen again, she's safe now," said Lueck.

Her foster family said they're making sure her future is nothing but bright.

"She probably won't be going anywhere," said Lueck.
WMTV staff spoke with Cody Sholes' defense attorney Benjamin Wagner. He chose not to comment on the case.

Sholes was in court on Wednesday and plead not guilty a jury trial date still needs to be set.
A gofundme page and other donations have helped raise more than 20 thousand dollars for Sunny’s care.

This story first aired on Madison CW News at 9.

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