FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three puppies spent the holidays in the hospital after they were severely burned the week before Christmas.
Mavi, one of the puppies, spent several days at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Franklin.
He was finally released New Year’s Day.
“He’s enjoying the freedom,” said Shewana Kepple, a vet tech who is currently taking care of Mavi.
He is staying with her family until he is fully healed and ready to be adopted.
“With my experience being a vet tech, it’s not hard for me to change his bandages. I don’t get queasy at the sight of all his little sores,” said Kepple.
The dogs’ owner was cited for animal cruelty for not providing proper care. According to a citation, “the defendant dropped off two severely burned puppies at the Animal Control Facility on 12/19/14.”
He said they were burned a few days earlier. Animal control officers investigated the incident and spoke with the owner a couple of days later, the citation stated.
The owner told them he had a third puppy at his home. Animal Control officers believe the owner “failed to provide veterinary care for the animal.”
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners said the third puppy, named Indeever, was injured the most with burns on 40 percent of his body. The others had 15 percent of their bodies covered in burns.
Indeever also had pneumonia, but after more than a week at Blue Pearl, vets say he is finally getting better and is no longer on a feeding tube.
“I mean, they are tough little guys so hopefully they will continue to thrive and find good homes,” explained Kepple.
An organization called Snotty Giggles is taking care of the dogs until they heal and are ready for adoption, which should be about six weeks.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the three puppies can fill out an application by clicking here.