LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Houston County woman is reaching out to the community in an effort to stop animal abuse, and raise awareness about dog fighting.
Lori Bowlin is fostering a 12 week old puppy who was rescued after being dumped on the side of a Houston County road between Grapeland and the Weaches area.
The puppy, named Layla, was found with her ears freshly cut off.
"Her ears were extremely bloody...The vet is speculating this is possibly a fight cut," said Bowlin.
It's something dog fighters do to the animals they plan on putting in the ring.
"They'll cut the ears down as far as they can, as close to the head to keep the fighting dog from latching on the dog's ears during a fight," said Bowlin.
The puppy's ears are healing, and the perfect family is being researched so she can continue her recovery. Hopefully, Layla will lead a long, healthy life, but it could've been very different.
She could've died from her injuries, like pit bull, Ace Jackson did just a few months ago in neighboring Trinity County.
His family believes Ace was taken from their home, ears cut off... then put in the ring where another dog did the rest of the damage.
"It's devastated our family. We're not over it. We're nowhere near over it," said Aliesha Jackson, Ace's mom.
Jackson says she's sickened by the news of another dog suffering at the hand of possible dog fighters.
No one has been charged with Ace's death.
"Until your officials crack down on these people it's just going to keep getting away with it," said Jackson.
That's why Lori Bowlin's new mission is to make the community aware of the animal abuse going on in East Texas.
"If it can't be stopped, it can be slowed down at least," said Bowlin.
She is working on getting a group of interested people from Houston and surrounding counties to make that happen.
Bowlin also asks for people to call the Houston County Sheriff's Office if they have any information on the puppy's injuries.
If you're interested in getting involved with raising awareness on dog fighting and animal abuse you can contact Lori Bowlin on Facebook.