Burned pooch recovering at pet shelter following surgery
Gail Posey is looking forward to a good outcome for one Cedartown pooch who has been through pain and suffering due to burns all down her back.
Posey said Kayah, a 9- month- old Shepherd mix, was brought into her shelter more than a week ago with scabbed and infected burns from the base of her head all the way down to her tail. According to the family that brought her in, Kayah wandered up on their front porch.
“They told me they didn’t know what to do since they didn’t know whose dog it was,” Posey said. “We took her in and got her to a veterinarian for immediate treatment.”
Posey said both herself and the vet have been unable to determine an exact cause, but their theory is Kayah might have been intentionally burned by a person or persons unknown.
Despite her condition when she came into Posey’s shelter behind Lively’s Barbecue in Cedartown, she is already doing better.
“I’m just amazed at how quickly she’s healing,” Posey said.
Posey said she initially had not reported the dog’s burns to the Cedartown Police Depmartment since she was unsure of what caused the burns, but after hearing about Kayah Chief Jamie Newsome became interested in her story.
He said if it turns out someone actually harmed the dog, and police are able to find evidence, suspects could be facing some penalties.
According to the Official Code of Georgia, the penalties for aggravated cruelty to animals – a category this situation might fall under – would be one to five years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
Without any proof, it will be difficult at best and more likely impossible to find a perpetrator, but Newsome said he wanted the incident on file in case more cases like this turn up in Cedartown.
Posey said Kayah – named by the children in the family who brought her in – already has a home lined up for her when she finishes healing. The biggest problem for Posey is paying for Kayah’s medical bills.
She said a few people have already donated money to the cause – including the Cedartown Humane Scoeity – following a post of Kayah on Facebook.
Posey said the donations already received cover some of the cost, but not all. Anyone who is willing to help cover Kayah’s medical bills can make donations to Posey Shelter Pet Promotions, which are tax deductible since the organization is a 501c3 non-profit.
Kayah, a nine-month-old Shepherd mix, was brought into Gail Posey’s shelter with burns down her back. She is now recovering.