By CASEY CROUCHER
TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- An abused puppy found in a ditch was euthanized Thursday due to the severity of his injuries.
The puppy, a six-month-old pitbull dubbed "Trooper" by his rescuer, Dennis Kimball, was found Wednesday evening in a ditch off of Taureana Road with multiple fractures to his back, legs and jaw, the Amsterdam Dog Control Office said.
Kimball found the puppy while coming home from work and took immediate action.
"My husband was coming home and he scanned the road for deer like we always do," Kimball's wife, Deborah, said. "He saw a head pop up in the ditch and it was Trooper. So, Dennis went over to the neighbor's house thinking her dog had gotten loose but she said her dog hadn't. He went back to the ditch and picked the dog up, noticing that he was crippled. He put Trooper in his truck and brought him to our house for food and water."
Deborah told her husband that he needed to take the puppy to a veterinarian immediately, while she called the Amsterdam Dog Control Office.
Kimball brought Trooper to the Amsterdam Animal Hospital where he was examined by a veterinarian, who did bloodwork, and an orthopedic, who took x-rays of his injuries. After a thorough examination, the animal hospital found that old injuries didn't heal properly and were incapable of being reversed, as well as new injuries that were too severe and would leave the dog in chronic pain, Deborah said.
"Several people were making decisions regarding what would be best for Trooper," she said. "Because of his fractured spine and several new and old fractures, he would have been in constant pain and he wouldn't even have been able to use rollers because he couldn't bare any weight on his legs. They decided to put him down; it was the human thing to do."
Deborah said she wants justice for the abuse the puppy received.
"My husband named [the puppy] Trooper because of what he had been through, and it seemed so fitting -- he was a trooper until the end," she said. "Now we want justice and to know who did this. This is just disgusting and whoever did this needs to go to jail. It's inhuman and awful."
Montgomery County Sheriff's Lieutenant Burt Wilson said the sheriff's department is currently looking for Trooper's abuser.
"In our initial report we indicated that the dog was found abandoned," Wilson said. "However, at this time, it has become evident that the dog may have been abused so we're continuing our investigation."