LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - ?
Lufkin Police are looking for the person responsible for a gruesome act of animal cruelty. A two-month-old Pitbull puppy is lucky to be alive after someone cut off her ears and then abandoned her.
"Spirit of Hope" is very forgiving despite her injuries now Lufkin Police are looking for who ever is responsible for this serious act of animal cruelty.
"It was pretty obvious that someone had attempted a home ear crop on the animal. The ears, both ears were mangled severely," said Aaron Ramsey, Director of Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter.
Lufkin animal control found "Spirit of Hope" and took her immediately to see a vet.
"You have a hard time understanding why somebody would do that to an animal," Ramsey said. "Just looking at the animal it was obvious it had to have been very painful for that animal to go through that."
"How could you walk up to a dog and cut its ears off with no pain medication," said Candi King, Director of Baby Dog Rescue.
But despite her serious injuries her spirit has not been broken. She's playful, happy and just wants to be loved.
"She's wagging her tail and so happy," King said. "It's got to be really really painful but she very rarely even shows that anything had happened."
The baby dog rescue took hope from the animal shelter so she could have the necessary attention and treatment she needs to heal.
"She's lucky she survived," King said. "When they found her she was dehydrated, she was weak from loss of blood and she was in a creek bed and I don't know how someone could do that and let her go like that."
"Spirit of Hope" really enjoys playing with other dogs and her toys.
Although she seems to have moved past the trauma, she has developed a serious heart murmur from the shock of the cruelty. She will be closely monitored by a vet for the next six weeks. She will be up for adoption after spirit of hope gets the all clear.
If you have any information about who might be responsible please call Lufkin Crimestoppers at 936-639-TIPS (8477) or go to
You can leave an anonymous tip and crime stoppers may pay a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
If you would like make a donation towards 'Spirit of Hope's" care or are interested in adopting her contact Baby Dog Rescue at: 936-201-7102 or visit