Community pays for beaten dog's surgery

Posted at 5:21 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 17:21:11-05

CINCINNATI -- A 5-month-old puppy finally underwent surgery to repair a broken leg today thanks to donations from a community fundraiser.

The mutt, named Red, was found beaten and tied to a pole in Roselawn, police said.

As Red's story circulated the Internet, local rescues took part in helping organize the dog's surgery and fundraising.

Staff at the Hamilton County Animal Hospital said young children have even stopped by to donate their allowance to Red.

"I just wish everyone in the world wouldn't abuse dogs, cause if we were dogs we would feel exactly like them and we would wish people wouldn't abuse us," said Dylan Livengood-Williams, a young girl who brought her allowance to the hospital along with puppy toys for Red.

Fundraising efforts resulted in more than $4,000 needed to cover the dog's surgery costs. It will take Red a few weeks to recover, but he is being cared for by volunteers from Joseph's Legacy Animal Rescue.

"Luckily, he is the most loving dog you will ever meet," said Katie Durham, a volunteer with the rescue. "You will never know he was beat by a human cause he just loves everyone he sees."

Fundraisers said a camera at the Reds Urban Youth Academy caught the beating and the video was turned over to police. Officials are still investigating the case.