Help Pappy the Lab

By Andrew Mach, NBC News

A black Labrador Retriever that was found with a plastic jar stuck around his head and cuts to one of his paws is doing well after surgery, according to volunteers from a North Texas animal group.

Rescuers suspect someone cut the animal’s paw so his blood would attract other dogs being trained to fight, and the jar kept him from fighting back.

After receiving a call from a woman who found the dog, now named “Pappy,” wandering the streets of Oak Cliff, Texas, rescuers from Animal Allies of Texas were able to catch him on Monday and take him to the vet.

Pappy had fleas and ticks and was severely dehydrated and emaciated when he was found. Rescuers said the jar prevented him from eating or drinking, and he weighed 65 lbs. when he should have weighed 90 lbs.

In addition to the jar, rescuers said Pappy had bite marks on him, which they say are evidence he may have been used as a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring.

“This was deliberate. The bottom of the jar had been cut out so he would not be able to get out himself,” an Animal Allies of Texas volunteer, Melody Hamilton, told NBC News. “In my opinion, he was thrown into a situation where he was made to provoke another dog to fight.”

Rescuers removed the jar, and on Wednesday, the lab-mix had surgery at Metro Paws Animal Hospital to amputate the first toe on his left paw. Hamilton said she suspects Pappy will stay there for a few more days to recover.

Hamilton said as Pappy’s physical condition stabilizes, vets and volunteers will shift their focus to his emotional state.

“Dog fighting is rampant in all socio-economic areas,” Hamilton said. “Lucky for him, he escaped that situation. Now it’s a matter of dealing with all of the emotional distress.”

After Pappy has had all of his medical treatment, Animal Allies of Texas will be looking for someone to adopt him.

Elvira Sakmari of NBC Dallas-Ft. Worth contributed to this report.

18 Responses to Help Pappy the Lab

  1. Rebecca Hiles August 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM #

    My family would happily adopt Pappy when he is ready for a new home. I do not work, so I am home all day to take care of him. He will have a home with a yard and a pool to play in. He will have a human father and sister (17, going to college next year). He will also have a black lab sister who is 8 and gets along well with everyone, dogs and people alike.
    (She is a little afraid of cats due to an unfortunate scratching incident as a puppy – ouch!!) We can afford to provide him with all the food, toys, regular check ups etc. that every dog deserves. Please give us a chance to change his life.

  2. Lc Kali August 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM #

    If I lived in the state, I would be at the vet’s office looking to adopt him. What a sweet face Pappy has. I don’t understand how cruel people could be to a defenseless and trusting creature. I own cats, but seeing this story makes me think I should go to a animal shelter and rescue a dog. I will be seriously considering this.

  3. Denise August 26, 2012 at 4:57 AM #

    Breaks my heart. Get well Pappy. Wish I could donate some more.

  4. Chan August 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

    Best of luck Pappy – wish I could bring you home with me. Those eyes tell a sad story.

  5. Bo August 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM #

    What a sad look on his face. He has no idea what he did to deserve such torture. I’m retired and don’t have much but I’ll donate at least something to help. Please be sure Pappy gets the best home ever.

    PS…. Lc Kali…definately go for that shelter dog. Sometimes the local Humane Soc. pulls dogs in kill shelters. They will know which dogs are cat friendly. I’ve had mostly cats too, but as I hope you’ll soon learn, there’s nothing like loving a dog who will love you back with all his heart.It’s a humbling experience.

  6. Tabitha August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

    Poor baby. I do not understand the cruelty. I just took in a rescue, but I will try to keep updated on his progress so that I can spread the word. I am so glad that he survived!

  7. Brenda August 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM #

    This story broke my heart, however the GREAT news is that he somehow got away from his captors and was rescued by very caring people. Unfortunately there are probably way too many other dogs that will not have this opportunity. I will never understand the cruelty of some people as long as I live. Thank goodness there are kind hearted people in this world who can counteract the acts of cruelty. Rebecca, you and your family sound wonderful and I hope you get to adopt Pappy — he needs a happy home, that’s for sure.

  8. Lillian August 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM #

    Usually I focus on helping boxers in my area, but that poor baby’s sweet face drove me to tears and his cousins Buddy and Chancie from California are happy to donate to him or any other pup in need. Thank you AAT.

  9. Shannon August 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM #

    Pappy’s story is so deeply distrubing – I pray that the humans who did this to him will be found, brought to justice and stopped from doing this again to another dog. Very thankful for the wonderful people who rescued him and those who are helping him recover. Wanted to suggest to Animal Allies of Texas to submit your nonprofit’s profile to (a database powered by the Communities Foundation of Texas that connects donors with charitable organizations). It sure sounds like Pappy might have a good chance at a “happily ever after” with Rebecca!

  10. John Boehler September 1, 2012 at 4:01 AM #

    Just read about Pappy, I’m just dumb founded as to why people treat animals so
    cruel. A dog will give its life to help a child or person in danger. Thank you people at
    AAO Texas for the work you do. I hope people who do horrible things like this to
    Pappy, pay for their deeds harshly.

  11. Jim September 2, 2012 at 4:08 AM #

    Very sad.. I’m in Pennsylvania and I’ll go get this dog and bring him home in a minute. I have dogs / property to run all he needs. It’s so disappointing that the human can be so cruel..

  12. Cindy September 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM #

    Maybe we should take up a donation to by testicles for the “men” who try to prove their manhood by torturing innocents.

  13. Cynthia November 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM #

    I cannot comprehend how someone could be this cruel. I have four dogs already or I would adopt him myself. I hope they find the degenerates who are responsible. God bless you Pappy. Not all humans are evil.

  14. susan November 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM #

    whoever gets Pappy will be blessed
    Let the people that did this to him be found and punished

  15. Judy UK November 20, 2012 at 4:34 PM #

    I was appalled and felt sick reading about Pappy.I have had Labradors specifically, in my family and knowing their tender loving ways,(doesn’t matter if they are cross bred,they are still beautiful dogs with that inherent nature) it is so cruel to him or any dog treated like this. Here In the UK and worldwide, sadly there are these people,I wouldn’t call them human, they don’t fit into that category, who take advantage of animals for their own gain.They should all burn in hell, and if there was any justice in this world, we could give the same treatment to them and see how they like it.I am so glad that he was found by some good souls and found his way into your care. A big hug to Pappy, and hope that he learns to trust people again, he does deserve a good loving family.Bless you all for helping him.

  16. Surekha November 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM #

    Oh poor baby. I would love to adopt Pappy.

  17. Audrey Lee January 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM #

    I am still appauled and angry at the horrendous cruelty that flows through the veins of what is supposed to be ‘human beings!’ I am so greatfull Pappy has been saved and is doing well! God Bless him and all his rescuers!!!

  18. tish April 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

    Has pappy been rescued?

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