WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A German Shepherd is making major steps toward recovery after it was seized by the Trumbull Animal Cruelty Task Force (TACT).
The dog named Jade is missing a chunk from its nose after her previous owner allowed an injury to get infected, according to TACT officials. She is also heartworm positive.
“When we got Jade… her nose was rotted off her face. She had exposed bone on her face, which was dead,” said Greg Miller, president and humane agent with TACT.
Jade wasn’t expected to survive, but through donations from the community, she was able to receive medical care and restorative plastic surgery. With love from animal protection workers and her foster family, she is doing well.
Miller said Jade was one of the task force’s first cases. He said Jade’s case was considered animal abuse, due to the owner’s lack of care.
The owner was going to euthanize the dog through the Trumbull County Dog Warden’s Office, according to Miller. The dog warden called the task force, and ownership was transferred over to them, in lieu of charges being filed.
Miller said Jade is a sweet-natured, loving dog.
“Dogs are just amazing when it comes to even, just abuse situations, how they can overcome that and trust and love people,” he said.
Miller said wants to educate the public to put an end to animal abuse and stop people that commit these crimes.
“Some of the old perceptions of a dog tied out to the back of a tree need to be changed,” he said.