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Chihuahua Puppy Left Injured, Abandoned at TJO

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Officials at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center are hoping that someone may be able to provide more information on an injured dog that was found abandoned at their shelter.

Pam Peebles, TJO’s Executive Director, says that a three-and-a-half pound Chihuahua puppy, whom they have named Rio, was found in a carrier in front of the center’s doors on Monday.

Center workers and veterinarians found that both of Rio’s front legs were splinted using homemade splints, and she was unable to walk on her front legs.

When veterinarian Dr. Lauren Atkins took off the splints, Peebles explains that the skin was “severely infected and necrotic.”

Peebles adds that X-rays found that Rio has fractures in both of those front legs, but “because splinting and wrapping her legs are out of the question, it leaves treatment of her fractures extremely difficult.”

It’s believed that whomever was caring for the dog attempted their own treatment at home, rather than bringing the dog to a veterinarian.

Dr. Atkins estimates that the injuries could be as long as two weeks old.

Peebles hopes that someone may have information on the puppy. If you have any information, you are asked to call TJO at (413) 781-1484.

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