Severely abused poodle recovers, ready for adoption

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"Frankie" (Credit: San Diego County)

SAN DIEGO – A 4-year-old miniature poodle found with rubber bands cutting deep into her muzzle is recovering from her injuries and is ready for adoption.

County Animal Services is accepting special adoption applications for “Frankie” so she can be in a new forever home in time for Valentine’s Day.

Frankie was discovered Jan. 3 running loose in a park in Logan Heights. When an Animal Control Officer responded, the dog had a number of rubber bands wrapped around her muzzle. The bands had been on her so long they had cut to the bone.

Poodle-PhotoAn animal abuse investigation is still underway.  If convicted of animal cruelty, a suspect could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

Meanwhile, Frankie has spent the last several weeks at a foster home recovering from surgeries for her injuries. The $3,000 cost was covered by the all-donation Spirit Fund.

If you’re interested in adopting Frankie print a Special Adoption Application from the department’s website.  Fill it out and fax it to (619) 767-2706 or bring it to County Animal Services at 5480 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110, with the words Attention: Frankie Adoption.   Applications may also be mailed to any of the three County facilities if received no later than Saturday, Feb. 7.

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