UPDATE: Sheriff's Investigate After Emaciated Dog Was Taken in West Odessa 1/7/14
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Angel Vet Clinic Associate Veterinarian Dr. Becky Battershell says both the male boxer and female boxer taken from their owners just before New Years are still at the Angel Vet Clinic. She says they will be turned over to the Ector County Sheriff's Office.
Dr. Battershell says that in her personal professional opinion, the dog absolutely needed help and was suffering from two different types of tick fever, tape worm, and is visually impaired. She says it's hard to tell just how nerve damage in her leg and her vision was impaired, but her sicknesses have been happening over an extended period of time.
Dr. Battershell also says whoever broke the boxer out of her cage, should have taken the proper channels through animal control because now wasted energy is on the theft and the owners instead of just on the dog.
The sheriff's office confirmed that they are in the process of taking the two boxer dogs into custody but have not yet
completed paperwork to do so.
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The Ector County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a dog was taken from its owner. The people who took the dog say they had to rescue this dog because it looked like it was dying.
Sara Couch says she saw a sick dog lying in the alley after neighbors called her and brought the boxer to Angel Veterinary hospital to be treated.
"When she saw water it looked like she'd never seen it before," says Couch.
"We were treating her and trying to keep her away from other dogs," says the son-in-law of the owner’s family, Hector Jimenez.
Family members who say they own the dog tell us they didn’t want to put the dog down because it was their daughters. They say they were giving it medicine, which says to limit the dog’s food intake. Jimenez says the dog was eating, but not gaining weight.
The family called the sheriff's office and filed a report that two of their dogs were stolen. They say they will be pressing charges on the person who took them.
The dog is being treated at the veterinarian hospital.
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