Animal abuse protests enter fifth week

October 19, 2012 • Local News

Paws has lent his support to the issue of animal abuse. The one-year-old Chihuahua suffered from third and fourth degree burns after a 12-year-old boy set his head alight. Paws poses here with his new human companion and foster father, Steve Schultz. Jessica Palmer Photo

The protest to provide abused animals with fair treatment in the courts entered its fifth week, Thursday. Roswell and Chaves County have seen a record number of extreme animal abuse cases this summer, with some a total of nine dogs confiscated and one killed as a result of animal abuse or extreme animal abuse.

However, the news is not all grim. Paws, who lost his ears after he was set on fire by a 12-year-old boy, has settled into a new home.

His foster father Steve Schultz said Paws is doing well. “He has no trouble hearing, and his ears are not sensitive.” Schultz complimented veterinarian Dr. Leandro Gutierrez on his skills.

Paws also has lost a lot of the fear response he exhibited immediately after his surgery. Schlutz says he has no problem with adults, but still does not react well to children. “It takes a lot of caring and understanding to deal with an abused dog. At first he was curling up in defense, but he doesn’t do that anymore. With kids, though, he starts shaking.” The fear of children is one he may never lose.

The three dogs impounded early in August following an incident where Luis Baltazar, 47, beat a dog so severely it had to be put down, were placed with rescue agencies. All showed scars of previous beatings and one had been burned losing all the fur from his back. The first of the three, the shepherd mix has now found a permanent home.

Meanwhile the additional checks ordered by Judge Larry Loy for the boxer, starved to one-third her normal weight, have revealed she continues to gain weight. According to Animal Control, she looks healthy.

Jo McInerny said she feels the protests have helped to educate people about the plight of abused animals in Roswell and Chaves County. Most people who drove past the demonstrators honked, gave the thumbs-up sign or stopped to talk.

Not all people approved. Fellow protestor Kylie Walker was assaulted outside of Albertsons for her participation in the demonstrations.

However, this did not deter Jamie Blaha and her two-year-old daughter Lena from joining the protest.

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