Happy ending in animal torture cases – Tuffy the kitten and starved dogs getting homes

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“OMG…A happy ending at last…these are few & far between so watch the video to see their happy faces! A little kitten named Tuffy & 3 skinny pit bulls, (which I only got posted today). They were so close to death, who knew they had an angel sitting with them! The original stories are at the bottom of this post!”

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two separate cases of animal abuse that captured the hearts of a lot of our viewers and made them mad ; a kitten tortured with paint and dogs found starving at a city worker’s house.

It’s hard to forget the images of the three starving dogs and the cry of the blinded kitten, but you’d barely know these animals were abused when you see them now.

Remember Tuffy, covered in paint and left in a dumpster to die almost two months ago.

“We didn’t know if he was going to make it through the first night,” foster mom Donna Smith said.

Now he barely shows signs of the torture he endured, just a cloudy looking left eye that Westside Animal Shelter Veterinarian, Dr. Nicole Vigil, said, “ For the rest of his life he will carry that scarring, but he has recovered so overall we are very happy.”

After News 13 first told you about the kitten, a viewer came forward and paid for Tuffy to see an eye specialist. Dr. Vigil says that made all the difference; Tuffy has full vision now.

“He’s normal, happy healthy, ready to run and play and tear up the house,” said Smith.

After providing the love he was missing she can’t let him go and is adopting him.

You can’t send them off somewhere else, he’s my family now,” said Smith. “He snuggles with me at night.”

Dr. Vigil is hoping the starved pit bulls will also have someone to snuggle with soon.

News 13 got a look at Rockstar and Cesar Thursday also, the two dogs have made an amazing transformation from how they looked just two weeks ago.

Their owner, city worker Tim Chavez, surrendered three pit bulls; all close to death, starved, tick and flea ridden and in pain.

“They just decided they were going to survive they were gain weight and they were going to do it in a timely fashion so we are just so happy to see them in this condition now,” said Dr. Vigil

Dr. Vigil says the pits are gaining weight quickly and even though they will still need more treatment, “Putting them up for adoption here in the next few days and we are going to talk to whoever is interested in adopting them and find the perfect loving home, because they deserve it.”

Dr. Vigil says they have had a lot of people asking about these pets since we aired their stories. But, she says there are lots of abused and neglected animals that don’t make the news that are also up for adoption.

Tim Chavez, the owner of the pit bulls, was fired by the city and charged with animal cruelty. 

Animal Welfare officers have not been able to learn who tortured Tuffy the kitten.

Video & News Link:http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/happy-ending-in-animal-torture-cases




Viewers outraged by abused kittens – Viewer makes generous

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A tortured kitten‘s story captured a lot of hearts and turned a lot of stomachs after it was found in a dumpster with paint in its eyes.

Now, in a first for the animal shelter, someone has stepped forward, offering to pay for the kitten to see an eye specialist.

News 13 told you about Tuffy earlier this month .

Someone poured paint in the kitten’s eyes and threw him in a dumpster near Coors and Central with his littermate. A neighbor heard his cries, and when officers found him, he was clinging to his dead sibling.

Vets did what they could, but he is partially blind in one eye.

“Unfortunately we haven’t found out who did this. We haven’t had anybody call in to give us any some help,” Westside Animal Shelter Vet, Dr. Nicole Vigil, said.

Authorities continue to hunt for the abuser.

The story outraged viewers.

Viewers called the abusers “lowlife scum” and said they hope it haunts the abuser for life.

A viewer wrote on KRQE.com they hope the person is “run over by a semi”.

But there has also been an outpouring of love. Dozens have said they will open their home to the kitten; and then a viewer sent Reporter Alex Tomlin a surprise offer last night.

“That is a first,” Dr. Vigil said of the offer from a viewer to pay for Tuffy to see an eye specialist. “We’ve had lots of interested people, but we haven’t yet seen this amazing generosity.”

The donor didn’t want to be identified but said the offer is no strings attached.

She said she just wants to help Tuffy and she’s hoping more people donate so other rescue animals can see specialists.

“We would love to have him looked at by an eye specialist that means so much to us, because there is only so much a shelter can do we have limited funds limited ability,” said Dr. Vigil.

Tuffy should be up for adoption in about two weeks.

Vets are waiting until he gains a little more weight and strength so they can sterilize him.

News Link:- http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/viewers-outraged-by-kittens-abused

Abused kitten found in dumpster ready for adoption

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A kitten found near death in an Albuquerque city dumpster is ready to be adopted by a welcoming family.

Tuffy” was found more than a week ago in a dumpster near 63rd and Central, covered in a white paint-like material, police said. He was unable to open his eyes.

Another kitten was also thrown in the dumpster, but it did not survive.

Donna Smith has been nursing Tuffy back to health.

“He’s a miracle kitten. He’s active. He has a voracious appetite. He gets along great with my dog,” Smith said.

If anyone is interested in adopting Tuffy, call the Westside Animal Shelter at (505) 768-1975

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