MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An investigation is underway after two boys are said to have beaten a Labrador-mix puppy in Montgomery.
WSFA 12 News was told that over the weekend a woman saw the dog being kicked and beaten by two young boys behind a bank on Norman Bridge Road, located in west Montgomery.
According to the woman who found the pup, now called "Love", the boys - between 8 and 10-years-old - ran away when she got out of her car to confront them. She took the animal to the Montgomery Humane Society but because of the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to a local veterinarian's clinic.
The dog sustained multiple injuries and is currently being treated at the Carmichael Road Animal Clinic.
"He has pneumonia," said Dr. Jim Benefield, the clinic's co-owner. "He has an enlarged heart, mange on the skin, staph infection, and intestinal worms. As quick as the pneumonia clears up, then we will perform surgery on the leg. But, he's not a good candidate for surgery right now," Benefield added.
Most of Love's conditions were pre-existing, but the leg break was recent, which leading Steven Tears, the executive director of the Montgomery Humane Society, to believe it was caused by the beating by the youths.
"The break was very recent, according to the veterinarian. To say they actually did it, we're hoping that's what the video is going to show us," Tears said. "Now, the video will only show what they did to the dog on camera. It's not going to show us what happened before or after, but from the sounds of it I mean it's been described to me that the dog was being stomped. That would surely snap the leg."
Tears added, "One thing the vet did say is it certainly was not a car or a hit by a car situation. It's a very specific location, so usually if you're hit by something big there's several injuries, but this is right there at the leg, so we're fairly confident that it was done by that but we want to get the video to make sure."
Tears said he was disheartened when he heard of the incident.
"When you see this kind of thing happen, where do the kids learn it? What makes them think it's okay? It's beyond curiosity, it's just cruel. So, it is shocking, it's disappointing, it's disgusting. But, our hope is we can find these kids and we can hold them accountable, maybe turn them around a little bit so they're not going down that path, because if it's a dog now, it can be a person a few years from now," Tears cautioned.
The Montgomery Humane Society is working with a bank on Norman Bridge Road to get the security camera footage from the night of the incident.
"At this point, we're just trying to see if it's on camera so we have not seen it. We're hoping that it is. It'll give us a better idea of what happened and we're hoping to get some face shots so we're able to pursue these minors," Tears said.
If the boys are identified, their punishment will be left up to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. Tears hopes if the boys are caught, they will be held accountable.
"I think we need to teach them something. I think let's not make them better criminals, let's educate them. Maybe get them into the shelter. Let them be in the spotlight for the bad things they did and let's get them in here and teach them how to take care of animals instead of hurt them," Tears said.
Tears also took time to thank the woman who rescued Love.
"To see someone in the community step in and say absolutely not and rescue the dog and take the time to bring him to the shelter is heartwarming," Tears said. "We wouldn't have done it without that lady stepping in with the two boys. Had she of been five minutes later would love still be here? Probably not,"
If you would like to donate to help pay for Love's medical bills, contact the Montgomery Humane Society at (334)-409-0622 or CLICK THIS LINK.