Three-legged dog recovering after abuse

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

WARNING: Some may find images in this video to be disturbing.

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Joe Joe is like most dogs. She's just a little curious and definitely wants attention.

"Joe Joe has licked my face, she's cuddled," said Stephanie Fields of the rescue group Homeward Bound Rescue and Rehabilitation, who brought Joe Joe to London for a check up.

However, unlike most dogs Joe Joe had to be rescued from a terrible situation.

"Joe Joe's ears were removed with scissors, just household scissors. She also was tied up with a large chain and was mistreated by different means," described Fields.

It gets worse for this pit bull who was dropped off at the Marion County Animal Shelter.

"The chain got wrapped around her back leg and due to the mistreatment she attempted to chew off her back leg to get free."

Fields credits the staff at the shelter for immediately getting the dog into surgery. Joe Joe had to have her leg amputated.

While Joe Joe's case is bad, the volunteers at Homeward Bound Rescue and Rehabilitation say they've taken animals in that have seen much worse neglect and abuse and they want to see these cases stopped.

"It makes you feel like you're fighting a losing battle. We do have very lax laws," explained Fields.

The group is currently taking care of dogs like Nellie, who was found severely starved and Harrington who has no eyes.

"100% of it is preventable," said Dr. Keaton Smith, D.V.M. who runs the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

Dr. Smith says Joe Joe is tough and this pit bull is not slowing down, not even on three legs.

"I think she thinks it's still there," remarked Fields, adding, "Joe Joe's life is starting now."

"What a miracle! What a blessing!" chimed in Dr. Smith.

"What happened to her is in the past and we're here for her new beginning," said Fields.

The rescuers say they are looking for a foster home for Joe Joe, and once she's medically cleared, she will be available for adoption.

Currently there are many other dogs that are able to be adopted and the group will hold a two-day adoption event in Lexington. They will be at the Petsmart on Pavilion Way on Saturday, March 16th, and Sunday the 17th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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