Denver Police say the puppy's owner, 18-year-old Matthew Davonn Weatherspoon, was arrested Monday morning. He is being held for investigation of felony animal cruelty.
The dog is a 6-month-old American Bulldog named Diamond. She's now recovering at the VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital where the staff says it's one of the saddest cases they've every seen.
"We've been in the emergency care business since 1971 and seen almost everything, but you can't help but have a case like this really pull at your heart strings," hospital spokesperson Lauren Immel said.
Immel says the bulldog was in surgery Monday and has moved to the ICU Tuesday, where she'll stay for two or three more days. Her prognosis is good and she is expected to survive.
"She is an absolute doll, very sweet, and is giving kisses to our lead tech in the ICU and is happy to go on walks, although you can tell she's still a little painful (sic),"Immel said. "But really [she] just wants to crawl in the lap of the people who care for her."
The Denver District Attorney's office says it will decide in 24 to 48 hours whether to file charges against Weatherspoon.
Colorado's Helping Hands Foundation will help cover Diamond's medical expenses. If you wish to help her and other animals in similar situations, you can make a donation at HelpingCritters.org.
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