Man arrested after dog found in 'disturbing' condition

Contributed photo Zoe, a German shepherd rescued in Exeter, is shown after treatment in this photo supplied by New York State Police.

Zoe, the German shepherd found with a missing leg in the town of Exeter on Nov. 14, made it safely through surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, Nov. 20, said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, in a media release Wednesday afternoon.

The doctors were able to safely remove the mass and amputate her leg, Haynes said, adding the next 24 hours would be critical critical, with coming out of anesthesia and bleeding risk being monitored closely.

"The goal at this point is for her to be ready to leave the hospital to live her best life on Friday or Saturday," she said in the release.

"We are going to be extreme in our counseling to determine where she goes once she leaves the hospital," she continued. "Because we know very little about her and we want her to have the most relaxing home possible to fully recover, we will be requiring her adopter have no other animals and no small children. We also prefer they have some medical experience or at least know-how."

State police charged Carl K. Pritchard, 59, of Exeter on Monday, Nov. 18, with the Agriculture and Markets Law violation of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor; and failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors, a violation.

Veterinarians reportedly told troopers they believed Zoe had likely chewed off her own leg after they observed bone fragments in her stomach. She also had previous untreated injuries and scarred ear tips.

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