Veterinarians at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society say a closer examination of a puppy found abandoned in the dumpster of a convenience store reveals that some of the pup's injuries may not be the result of abuse.
When the puppy, Hazel, was found, she was unable to use her hind legs. Doctors initially believed she had suffered a broken pelvis and an injured vertebrae on her spine as a result of abuse. However, a new x-ray reveals that the issues may be congenital and not related to abuse. In addition to their exam, veterinarians say they spoke to Hazel's previous owner who says she never was able to use her back legs.
The new examination also reveals that Hazel may be older than previously thought because her puppy teeth never fully developed. Doctors now think Hazel has what is called "Swimming Puppy Syndrome," which is characterized by the inability to use the hind legs by the normal age. Doctors say they will adjust Hazel's treatment based on the new exam; some of the new treatments include the use of braces and physical therapy.
Oshkosh Police say they've made contact with a man who admitted to leaving Hazel in the dumpster inside of a black plastic gift bag on Thursday, July 10.
Police say information gathered from the Internet led them to a trucking company out of Missouri. Officers say they spoke to a Missouri man who admitted to leaving the Hazel in the dumpster.
Oshkosh police are still investigating the case and no charges have been filed.
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