Burned pooch re­cov­er­ing at pet shel­ter fol­low­ing surgery

The Standard Journal - - Local - By KEVIN MYRICK

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.

Con­trib­uted photo

Kayah, a nine-month-old Shepherd mix, was brought into Gail Posey’s shel­ter with burns down her back. She is now re­cov­er­ing.

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