Re­mark­able re­cov­ery by a pre­cious puppy

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Sam Tabach­nik

In late Oc­to­ber, a 12week-old puppy named Kayle was brought into the MaxFund An­i­mal Adop­tion Cen­ter in Den­ver in hor­ri­ble con­di­tion.

A bro­ken back. Two bro­ken hips. A rup­tured lung.

Shel­ter man­ager Ch­eryl Sta­ple­ton, who has worked at the shel­ter for 18 months, had never seen a puppy come in look­ing like Kayle.

But through the work of MaxFund and an En­gle­wood an­i­mal hos­pi­tal, Kayle is on the road to re­cov­ery. And Den­ver An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion has iden­ti­fied a sus­pect for al­leged an­i­mal abuse.

When Kayle’s own­ers brought her in Oct. 26, Sta­ple­ton said, the med­i­cal staff im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied the in­juries as in­dica­tive of po­ten­tial abuse and no­ti­fied an­i­mal pro­tec­tion. Kayle, who was hav­ing a hard time breath­ing, was rushed to the emer­gency cen­ter, where doc­tors were able to sta­bi­lize her.

“She didn’t de­serve this,” Sta­ple­ton said. “This is a spe­cial lit­tle girl that des­per­ately needs help.”

One of the nurses who has cared for Kayle will be tak­ing her home as a foster dog, Sta­ple­ton said, where the puppy can re­cover un­til her next surgery.

Through her grit and per­se­ver­ance, Kayle has cap­tured the hearts of an­i­mals lovers through­out the city.

“There is, of course, a lot of anger that some­thing like this could hap­pen,” Sta­ple­ton said. “There’s also a lot of love and af­fec­tion and get-well wishes.”

Kayle will stay in foster care through her surg­eries, Sta­ple­ton said. She will then be put up for adop­tion for a lov­ing fam­ily to scoop her up.

Den­ver An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion has iden­ti­fied a sus­pect and filed pend­ing charges for an­i­mal cru­elty, said Jeremy Gar­land, spokesman for the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health & En­vi­ron­ment.

He did not pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the case.

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