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Doctors optimistic about skinned puppy's recovery

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A family's dog was injured and left to die in their front yard. But it is still unclear if a person or another animal was responsible for ripping the skin off her back.

Isabella, a 4-month-old mixed breed puppy, was found by her owner's children in bad shape. At least 60 percent of the fur on her back appears to have been cut or torn off in a near perfect rectangle.

"Dirt, leaves, grime… she was outside with an open wound," said Jim Wenger with DFW Rescue Me. "That's what makes us question it. There are straight lines, so did somebody do this? That's very possible."

Half of the doctors now treating her believe she was the victim of a crime. The other half thinks she was attacked by a coyote.

The vets took tissue samples and drew blood to test for coyote DNA. No test was done to see if a sedative was found in her system, but Wenger said there's no evidence she was restrained. She had no ligature marks or broken bones.

"Only very small puncture wounds on her back and on her neck, and we can't explain those either," he said.

Dallas Animal Services canvassed the neighborhood and found no other animals were reported missing. So in their investigation they said it doesn't look like a person was responsible.

"The scary part is we don't know," Wenger said.

Regardless, she's now being cared for by DFW Rescue Me because the family couldn't afford her extensive medical bills. The focus is nursing her back to health.

"The most challenging is her loss of protein because she's missing the big swath of skin and trying to keep her kidneys working properly," Wenger said.

Isabella will go to Texas A&M's veterinary school on Monday for skin graft surgeries. They could take skin from her stomach and wrap it around or use synthetic skin.

Her doctors are optimistic because she's eating and drinking water.

"Her tail's wagging. She gives good puppy kisses," Wenger said.


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