TULSA — Whoever tortured a mixed-breed boxer puppy found on a Jenks road with a bloody rope around its neck needs to be apprehended, a local veterinarian said. "Someone hurting a sweet, innocent puppy ... statistics show they would hurt a child, too,” said Roddy Roberts of the VCA Woodland South Animal Hospital in Tulsa. "Somebody knows something and they need to speak up.” Shannon Leak discovered the puppy while driving on 121st Street near Florence Avenue in Jenks last week. She was horrified by what she saw. "He looked like hamburger meat. He was a bloody mess,” Leak said. The 9-week-old puppy’s injuries appeared to have come from being dragged by a vehicle or even a bicycle. The pads of the puppy’s paws were bloody and worn through. Most of his claws were missing. He had numerous sores and raw spots on his body and chin. His belly was raw. Leak said the bloody rope around his neck was tied to a tree branch. "There’s no doubt he was pulled and dragged. I’ve had enough experience to know,” she said. Leak scooped him up and drove to a friend’s house and demanded the use of her bathtub and some Neosporin. He cried as she put him in the water, then relaxed and let her bathe him. "If it had gone on for miles and miles, we wouldn’t have this puppy here. It looks like the rope broke,” Roberts said. Though badly hurt, the dog will heal, Roberts said. "We’re just worried if we don’t get the word out they’ll try to do it again,” Roberts said. "The whole litter may have already been killed.” Hospital manager Ginny Shertzer adopted the puppy and named him Sidney. She has been bringing Sidney to work with her every day, where he gets a lot of attention. Jenks police Commander Paul Rinkel said the case has been forwarded to detectives. "This is extremely important,” Rinkel said. "We would like to solve this.”
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