UPDATE 1/13/17: Adoption Update

Thank you to everyone for following this horrendous case of animal cruelty. We are so appreciative of the community’s support and are doing our best to navigate through the hundreds of inquires we’ve received regarding the puppy and cats. We applaud the brave Good Samaritan for alerting law enforcement. Her efforts are heroic. This is a very complicated case and we are working diligently with the Tempe Police Department to aid in this open investigation. We stand united in doing everything we can to ensure the abuser is punished to the fullest extent of the law. At this time, our top priority is the health and welfare of the four-legged victims of these terrible acts of cruelty. Our medical team continues to provide these pets with the medical care and love that they need and deserve. While our hope is to ultimately place these pets in a forever home, we must abide by the legal proceedings and are not currently in a position to make future plans for the pets until we have the authority to do so. This story of survival is a reminder that if you see or hear something, please speak up. You can report animal cruelty by calling 911 or AHS’ emergency field dispatch line at 602.997.7585 ext. 2073.  

UPDATE 1/10/17: Recovery Continues for Raine and Two Cats in Tempe Abuse Case

Thank you to ABC15 for checking in on the two cats who were part of the Tempe case. As they continue to recover, little Raine also had a procedure today to remove fluid from his head injury. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the story and these animals' journey. Updates will be posted here on this blog, as well as AHS’ Facebook page.



UPDATE 1/9/17: Two Cats and Raine are Receiving Care at AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital

The two cats who are part of the Tempe case involving Raine, the Golden Retriever pup, are continuing to receive care in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. The two-year-old female Tabby had eye surgery on Saturday in which AHS’ veterinarians had to remove the ruptured eye. We are working now to determine if the six-year-old Calico has stomatitis or severe gingivitis. We are hoping for gingivitis, as stomatitis is a very painful disease with an often poor prognosis; however, we will continue to do everything we can to help these cats get the care they need without compromising their quality of life! We do have an AHS foster hero home lined up for both of them, if need be. Little Raine continues his recovery in an AHS’ foster hero home where he got his first bath and plenty of play time. He continues to have appointments in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital and will need to have a procedure to remove fluid from the injury on the back of his head. He is a very loved little man, both by AHS staff and the community!  

UPDATE 1/6/17: AHS Now Caring for Two Cats Brought In From Same Home

AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital is now also caring for two cats involved in this same case. One cat appears to have an injured mouth while the other has a proptosed eye. Both will be given full medical exams to determine if there are any additional injures.    

Puppy in Tempe Animal Abuse Case Transferred to AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital

The Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ is caring for the 4-month-old Golden Retriever puppy who Tempe Police say was beaten with a metal rod. AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ were called by Tempe Police on January 5 regarding the case. He was then transported to AHS’ trauma hospital.  After medical examination and X-rays, AHS’ Lead Veterinarian, Dr. Melissa Thompson, says his prognosis is great, especially considering all he has been through. While X-rays did not show any significant displacement of skull bones, the pup has soft tissue swelling, bruising and lacerations from the trauma. This is currently an ongoing investigation with the Tempe Police Department and their Detectives. The puppy will continue to receive medical care with AHS and will most likely need a couple of weeks of foster care in AHS’ foster hero program. We will keep the community apprised of the little pup’s recovery. Updates will be posted here, as well as AHS' Facebook. We want to thank the community for their outpouring of support on this case and while we currently have a foster home lined up, there are hundreds of cats and dogs currently waiting for foster homes and adoption at this time, all with quite a story to tell. We also want to thank the Tempe Police Department for doing all they can to ensure this person is held accountable. Despite all he has been through, this little pup is so resilient and spirited and chooses to spend his time playing and curled up in people’s laps.


This is one of more than 6,000 suspected cases of animal cruelty that AHS’ field and trauma team assist local law enforcement on each year. Often times, animals in cases like these are in need of a loving Foster Home during the rehabilitation process. For more information on becoming an AHS Foster Hero, please click the link below.

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January 6, 2017