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Dragged puppy is recovering

By Ed Brock

While 7-month-old mixed-breed puppy "Cody" continues to recover from his injuries, the search is on for the person who apparently dragged the dog behind a vehicle.

Cody was found abandoned and tied to a tree by the Riverdale Animal Hospital on Riverdale Road Saturday morning with injuries to his lower body and the top of his paws.

"The injuries he had were indicative of having been dragged," said Robin Rawls, vice president of the Clayton County Humane Society.

The county animal control who retrieved the puppy from where it had been left brought it to the Humane Society in hopes they would nurse him back to health, Rawls said. On Wednesday, Cody's prognosis was good following surgery on his injuries, said veterinarian Travis Aycock with the Hudson Bridge Animal Hospital in Henry County.

"We were able to close several of his wounds, especially the worst wound on his chest," Aycock said. "He should be fine. He has a lot of energy."

Aycock said there was no sign that the dog was hit by a car before being dragged and he doesn't think Cody was dragged by a leash around the neck. Instead, he may have been in a harness.

Also, Cody may have been dragged at relatively low speeds because his injuries would have been more severe otherwise, Aycock said. Aycock also said the dragging could have been an accident.

"But no matter what they should have sought out medical treatment," Aycock said.

Rawls said she was also concerned that the dog had been left outside the Riverdale clinic with no food or water. The dog was only there for 30 minutes to an hour before the animal control officer arrived, said Jonathan Denton, the veterinarian at the Riverdale clinic.

Denton also said that he checked Cody when he was discovered and determined that the dog's injuries did not require immediate treatment.

It is common for people to abandon animal at veterinary clinics, Denton and Aycock said.

"We had a woman walk in with a dog on a leash, leave it in the waiting room and then go outside and try to drive away," Denton said. "We don't have the resources to take every abandoned animal."

Aycock said his clinic sometimes tries to find homes for animals left there, especially healthy kittens and puppies, but often they, too, must call animal control to pick the animals up.

The Primate Freedom Project is offering a $1,000 reward for information on Cody's case.

"We want to pay that money out," said PFE Southeast Director Jean Barnes said.

People with information can call the Humane Society at (770) 471-9436 or the Clayton County Police Department.