BOSTON (WHDH) - “Annie” the dog, found abandoned with severe burns in Norwood three months ago, is still making progress as her recovery continues, according to her caretakers.
Veterinarians said the road to recovery has not been an easy one for the 1-year-old mixed breed. Annie was taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston after she was discovered on Route 1 with severe burns across 20% of her body, including portions of her face, shoulders, neck, legs and stomach.
“Annie really needed, desperately needed, medical attention,” said Mike DeFina, communications and media relations officer for the organization. “Not only were her burns severe, just the amount of pain she was in was just tremendous for her. You know, these procedures and then managing her pain – those were the two big obstacles early on.”
DeFina said Annie’s wounds are healing, but the dog is still learning to trust people as she overcomes her trauma, which appeared to include being burnt by boiling water before her rescue.
“I think for her, it was important to really just learn how to be a dog again, to acclimate to being back in a home setting and she’s done tremendous,” DeFina said. “She really has transformed and I think for anybody who sees these types of animals, these types of situations, it really is uplifting to see how she can push through all of that, move forward and I think she’s almost ready for the next chapter of her life.”
What exactly happened to Annie before she was discovered in August is still under investigation. Authorities believe the dog did not walk alone for very long before being found.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Animal Rescue League.
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