After everything she’s been through, Princess should definitely be treated like one. Authorities tell the Sun Sentinel that the pup was involved in an “extreme act of cruelty” after her muzzle was bound shut for anywhere from four to 14 days. The horrible act, which nearly killed the dog, is considered a felony in Florida […]

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July 28, 2015 05:05 PM

After everything she’s been through, Princess should definitely be treated like one.

Authorities tell the Sun Sentinel that the pup was involved in an “extreme act of cruelty” after her muzzle was bound shut for anywhere from four to 14 days.

The horrible act, which nearly killed the dog, is considered a felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five years in prison.

On July 18, officers responded to a call about Princess running around West Sunrise Boulevard in the city of Plantation, Florida. When they were finally able to capture her, she was taken to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital for immediate treatment. Tags helped locate her owner, who said the pup went missing on July 12.

Although she was a rough sight when she got to the animal hospital, two surgeries later, Princess is doing very well, despite losing the tip of her tongue in the ordeal. She will face at least two more surgeries in the coming months.

“I’m sure it was not pleasant, but she is doing remarkably well and seems to be in much better spirits,” said Dr. Carl Jehn, who is unsure exactly how long her muzzle was bound shut. “She’s a whole new dog. She’s a little apprehensive around men, but she doesn’t seem mean or aggressive. She is really, really nice with the female nurses.”

Detective Robert Rettig hopes to catch the person who did this to Princess, who is now recovering in a foster home. “It could have been a stranger who did this or it could have been a disgruntled neighbor. All we can do is interview people and see where the evidence leads. It could be anything,” he said.

The Sun Sentinel reports that investigators received a call July 17 about a man in a black vehicle abandoning a dog matching Princess’s description near the Florida Turnpike overpass on West Sunrise Boulevard.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477 or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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