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Phoenix Healing Slowly; Reward Offered for Information
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 22, 2008

Phoenix, a four and a half pound schnauzer mix, is recovering, slowly, from injuries he sustained from the brutal torture that occurred not once, but twice, on June 28 and July 4 of this year.

He is currently being treated at the Austin Pets Alive! clinic in Austin, where he is continuing to make progress, however, he still has a long road ahead of him.

On July 4, Phoenix was taken to Kendalia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation by his owner, presented with severe injuries consistent with a beating. The owner reported it to police, and Sergeant Carl Bragg is investigating.

He presented to the clinic with signs of brain trauma and was not able to stand, see, or eat. He also suffered other serious traumas, including a rupture of his lungs that made it difficult for him to breath.

Ellen Jefferson, a contracted veterinarian for Kendalia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, is also part of the Austin Pets Alive! organization in Austin that is now caring for him.

According to Liz Cuny, Founder and Director of Kendalia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Phoenix had a feeding tube removed over the weekend. There is no sign of the life-threatening bulla on x rays, although they are still being cautious; he is still blind, is unable to stand except for short periods. Ms. Cuny, stated, “..Our number one concern was getting him stabilized...continuous rest, care, and monitoring are essential to his recovery... ”

There is effort being made to arrest the person(s) responsible for this heinous crime. Sergeant Bragg is working almost around the clock to track down the perpetrators, but welcomes any information the citizens of Blanco may have. If you have any information, call 830-833-4525.

“The City of Blanco is very proud of Sergeant Carl Bragg in his continuing investigation of this horrible crime. He’s spending his days off going to Austin and San Antonio collecting evidence and this person will be brought to pay for his cowardly act,” stated Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Houston. “This person is a coward and he may see me if he has a problem with my description and I’m easy to find,” concluded Houston.

The Kendalia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation has received a donation from an anonymous donor, allowing them to offer a reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the person responsible for this crime. Together with the San Antonio Animal Defense League, they are offering $2000.

Donations are also being accepted at Blanco National Bank to help pay for the vet bills, totaling more than $3000, that Phoenix has incurred. Contact Sandy Hiser at 830-833-4538 for more information.

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