The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is asking for the public’s help in raising the necessary funds for the surgery of "Gordo", a four-month pit bull mix puppy, who was brought to the after being rescued from an abusive owner.
According to Evelina Villa, spokesperson of DACC, Gordo’s care takers brought him to the animal care center after his previous owner allegedly threw him against a wall and repeatedly kicked him, while under the influence of drugs.
Veterinary staff of the DACC said Gordo suffered a fractured lateral condyle on his right elbow and will need to undergo surgery to repair it. This case remains under investigation, authorities said.
Gordo remains in good spirits, and is otherwise healthy. “Staff and volunteers love him. He’s got a great personality and will make a wonderful companion pet when he heals,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of the DACC.
“Animal directed violence can be a felony crime,” said Mayeda. “Animal cruelty usually precedes human violence and in this instance, we are fortunate that Gordo is still alive.”
The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s (ACF) “Dreams Come True” fund exists to help pets like Gordo, who come to our animal care centers with extraordinary needs and helps fund special surgeries and procedures.
The Fund saves the lives of pets whose injuries (or illnesses) are too extensive and too costly to treat through the normal course of shelter veterinary services.
Donations can be made directly on the ACF’s website at www.lacountyanimals.org/donate.html. Just be sure to mark your donation “Gordo”.
You can also mail your donation to: Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91889-0515