Animals

Abused Poodle Now Ready for Adoption

A 4-year-old miniature poodle found with rubber bands cutting deep into her muzzle is recovering from her injuries and is ready for adoption.

County Animal Services is accepting special adoption applications for Frankie so she can be in a new forever home in time for Valentine’s Day.

Frankie was discovered Jan. 3 running loose in a park in Logan Heights. When an Animal Control Officer responded, the dog had a number of rubber bands wrapped around her muzzle. The bands had been on her so long they had cut to the bone.

An animal abuse investigation is still underway. If convicted of animal cruelty, a suspect could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

Meanwhile, Frankie has spent the last several weeks at a foster home recovering from surgeries for her injuries. The $3,000 cost was covered by the all-donation Spirit Fund.

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“It’s amazing to see how animals that have been subjected to such horrific abuse can be so quick to forgive,” said County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. “Our little Frankie is bursting with love and she’s just looking for a special Valentine to love her back.”

The poodle weighs just under 10 pounds, is really playful and loves to fetch and be held.

Danielson said Frankie’s ordeal has left her with separation anxiety issues so she will do best with an owner who is home most of the time. Children in the family should be ten years or older.

If you’re interested in adopting Frankie print a Special Adoption Application from the department’s website.  Fill it out and fax it to (619) 767-2706 or bring it to County Animal Services at 5480 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110, with the words Attention: Frankie Adoption. Applications may also be mailed to any of the three County facilities if received no later than Saturday, Feb. 7.

Applications must be received by the close of business Saturday, Feb. 7. Staff will review them all and select the home they feel best meets the needs of the dog. The adoption fee for Frankie is $69 and includes vaccinations, a microchip, a license, and a free veterinary visit. She’s already been spayed. A decision on who can adopt Frankie will be made the week of Feb. 9.

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Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact