Montgomery County wants justice for Justice.
The adult female dog, described as a mixed breed hound, was found in Texas on June 9 with electrical tape wrapped around her nose and upper jaw.
While the act of animal cruelty is being investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office — who shared a Facebook post about it on Wednesday — Justice is in the caring hands of staff at S.A.F.E. (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) House Rescue, where the dog’s road to recovery will be slow.
Last Monday, debridement was done on her wound and it was discovered that Justice has a hole in her sinus cavity and all of her nasal bones are exposed.
“A bandage was placed over the exposed bone and soft tissue, which they secured with sutures,” a post on S.A.F.E.’s Facebook page says. “Justice will return every 2 days for bandage changes until granulation tissue overs the nasal bones. Pain medication has been increased and antibiotics started to try and keep her as comfortable as we can.”
Donations made on the rescue’s website will help cover the cost of her care going forward.
“This poor girl is on the long road to recovery,” S.A.F.E. says. “Our thanks to everyone who has donated and to the great staff at the vet clinic and of course, her great foster mom, Cindy Manning. The shelter director at Montgomery County has advised it was electrical tape that caused all of this. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate.”
On Saturday, the MCSO said in an updated press release that the two prior owners of the dog had been located and interviewed, and there was no indication that either of them had harmed the dog in any way.
“It is possible that someone took ‘Justice’ from a residence, which is approximately ¾ of a mile from where she was found and subsequently released her in the condition that she was rescued,” the release said. The search for the suspect or suspects involved continues.
If you have information, contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 800-392-7867.