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Abused dogs healed, ready for adoption

  • Lilly, left, and Vanna are now ready for adoption.
    HSSA via FacebookLilly, left, and Vanna are now ready for adoption.
  • Vanna's missing ear has healed up. After antibiotic treatments, weight gain and health and wellness evaluations, the dogs are ready to go.
    HSSAVanna's missing ear has healed up. After antibiotic treatments, weight gain and health and wellness evaluations, the dogs are ready to go.
  • Vanna, left, and Lily in May after they were found abandoned outside the Humane Society.
    HSSAVanna, left, and Lily in May after they were found abandoned outside the Humane Society.
  • Vanna's right ear was completely missing when she was left at the Humane Society; exposing her inner ear to debris and infection.
    HSSAVanna's right ear was completely missing when she was left at the Humane Society; exposing her inner ear to debris and infection.

Vanna and Lily, two severely abused dogs left outside the Humane Society in May, are now healthy, happy and ready for adoption a spokeswoman said Monday.

The dogs have been part of a lengthy cruelty investigation, said HSSA's Samantha Esquivel. Unfortunately, Humane Society Animal Cruelty Investigator Mike Duffy and the Pima County Sheriff's Department were unable to track down exactly who abused these animals, she said.

The three-year-old white pit-bull mixes, assumed to be sisters, do not have to be adopted together, "but that would be a dream come true for us and the girls," Esquivel said.

 "Both dogs have been recovering and gaining strength at the Humane Society. Since their recovery both dogs are still in such high spirits," said Esquivel. The dogs are friendly and happy despite what they've been through, she said.

Vanna was found tied to the gate of the shelter, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., by a night time security guard on May 12. She was covered in dry feces, malnourished, and worst of all—her right ear was completely missing; exposing her inner ear to debris and infection. Lily, untied but waiting with her sister, was also malnourished, covered in feces, bite marks and scars, Esquivel said.

"No dog deserves this," Esquivel said in May. "It's horrific what some people do to animals."

"Sometimes you can't wrap your mind around stories like this. You can't help but get angry when cases like this come in to the shelter," said Esquivel. "We must take measures to prevent things like this happening by working together to stomp out animal cruelty by identifying and reporting wrong doings."

Because of the ongoing investigation, anyone adopting the dogs will have to sign a waiver to allow them to be used as evidence in a potential criminal case, Esquivel said Monday. Anyone with information should call 88-CRIME.

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