Staff at the Paws 2 Help animal clinic arrived Monday morning to see that Pixie was eating and making gradual improvement, Van Engel, the clinic’s founder, said.
Veterinarians have been working since Saturday to save the life of Pixie, who was dropped off with her mouth bound so tight it cut to the bone. Pixie had an elastic hair tie around her snout that cut a 3/4-inch-deep gash between her eyes and nose, Van Engel said.
“But she’s already so much better than she was Saturday afternoon when she came in,” Matthews said. “I wasn’t real hopeful Saturday afternoon but I feel a lot better today after seeing her.”
The wound was so gangrenous that the little dog “smelled like horse manure” when she was dropped off, Van Engel said, and it’s unknown when the dog last ate. If Pixie doesn’t develop sepsis, she should survive.
On Monday, veterinarian Lisa Matthews said necrotic tissue still has to be removed from Pixie’s snout and the dog is receiving pain medication and antibiotics.
“She’s already so much better than she was Saturday afternoon when she came in,” Matthews said. “I wasn’t real hopeful Saturday afternoon, but I feel a lot better today after seeing her.”
Who bound the dog’s mouth shut is unclear.
Two women dropped off the dog at the clinic’s location on Forest Hill Boulevard near Florida Mango Road on Saturday, Van Engel said. They gave multiple conflicting accounts and couldn’t say exactly who bound the dog’s snout.
“The stories went on and on and over and over and changed,” Van Engel said. “Nothing added up.”
One woman said the dog had been passed around, unwanted, among family members, she said. Another one said it had been in her father’s care.
“The young one said, ‘Well, we think a neighbor kept complaining about the dog whining or crying or something, and so the neighbor came and put it on. It was all right when I walked it two days ago,’” Van Engel recalled.
Van Engel said she believes the hair tie was on the dog’s snout for much longer than two days.
Her clinic is used to seeing animals with horrible injuries from accidents, but Pixie’s case was shocking, Van Engel said.
The case is similar to the dog in South Carolina whose owner taped her mouth shut to stop her from barking in 2015. Photos of the dog sparked outrage, and on Friday, her owner was sentenced to five years in prison.
It shouldn’t take long for Pixie to find a new home. One of the clinic’s employees plans to adopt her, Matthews said.
(Palm Beach Post - March 27, 2017)