Abused puppy undergoes successful surgery, receives name

Turned over to PETS Hospital in Orcutt

BUELLTON, Calif. - A puppy that was abused and turned over to Santa Barbara County Animal Services underwent the first of what could be multiple surgeries to bring the dog back to health. 

The puppy, which has since been named Koa, underwent surgery at Buellton Veterinary Clinic on Thursday. The surgery was done to clean out the lacerations on the dog's muzzle and put in sutures to help the cuts heal. Her tail, which veterinarians said looks as if it was unprofessionally cropped by the owner, also needed surgery as it was causing her pain. 

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is still trying to find the previous owner of the puppy and is working with PETS Hospital in Orcutt where the animal was turned in. 

Anyone with information about the puppy or its previous owner should contact the Santa Barbara County Animal Services office at 805-934-6119 ext. 7.

Koa is a Hawaiian name that means valiant warrior, one that is strong, brave, and fearless. Donations are still needed and can be made through the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation. Funds will be used for her ongoing care and the care of other animals that are in the shelter that were abandoned or abused. Donations are tax deductible. 

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