On Monday night, three people were arrested in Slidell in relation to a gruesome case of animal cruelty, in which a dog had it's hind legs horrifically amputated. The Dachshund-Chihuahua mix, endearingly known as Buddy, was found in a Slidell trailer park after the event took place, and rescued by the women of Dante's Hope Rescue East, a Baton Rouge no-kill animal rescue.
In the wake of the tragic event, a 50 year-old woman, her 17 year-old daughter and another 17 year-old were arrested. The suspects claimed that Buddy dragged his hind legs behind him due to an untreated medical condition, and that his legs "fell off" from being bandaged too tight. Upon examination, medical experts found that Buddy's wounds were "maliciously inflicted" as the result of "irregular separation".
Investigators are claiming that the 17 year-old daughter is responsible for the deplorable act, having been arrested for aggravated cruelty to animals and is being held at the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.
The 50 year-old mother was arrested for animal cruelty for not getting Buddy proper medical care and the other 17-year old was arrested for animal cruelty for abandoning the dying dog.
If you found that story troubling, all hope is not lost. By Monday night, donations totaling nearly $15,000 flooded in for Buddy's cause and the women at Dante's Hope are relieved that Buddy is getting justice.
"There's so much animal abuse here in St. Tammany and if we can just bring awareness to it," says Gena Durouen, the face behind the rescue mission.
Hope has since taken in more victims of animal abuse. To find out how to donate
or adopt, visit danteshope.com/about-us/.