Abandoned, possibly beaten dog ready for adoption

Havana the dog overcomes painful leg injuries

Published On: Nov 28 2012 04:22:08 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 28 2012 05:10:26 PM CST

Havana, the dog that had been found abandoned with her hind legs possibly beaten with a baseball bat over the summer, is ready for the right family to take her home, according to San Antonio Pets Alive!, the rescue group at Animal Care Services that took in the injured dog last July.

“I believe she’s adoptable at any time,” said Dr. Sarah Israel, of South Texas Veterinary Specialists, which donated Havana’s initial surgery. “Bone healing was approximately 100 percent.”

However, Israel also said due to Havana’s injuries, additional surgery might be needed in the future to repair any possible ligament damage to her knees.

But, Calina Krugler, a SAPA veterinary technician, said Havana underwent three months of physical therapy and now acts like any playful and energetic young pup, obvious signs she’s now pain-free.

Krugler said Havana was her first rescue after the injured dog was brought in by the San Antonio Park Police officer who found her.

“I guess he saw what we do in her, the willingness to live,” Krugler said.

Interested families can contact info@sanantoniopetsalive.org.

The $50 adoption fee includes Havana’s spay, microchip and all her vaccinations.

To read the full statement from Dr. Israel on Havana's condition, click here (PDF).