Pasadena, Texas – A three-year-old eight-pound chihuahua named Ike is slowly recovering at the Angel Animal Hospital in Pasadena after he was tortured during a home break-in attack last week on the 1700 block of Jane Street. The burglars stabbed Ike in the back and shoulder, beat him with a baseball bat, and burned his back legs and genital area.
The Pasadena Police Department’s assistant chief Bud Corbert called it a sadistic act.
When Ike’s owner Iris Garcia was informed of the burglary, she rushed home to find baby oil poured over the floors of her home, jewelry, two laptops, and her beloved chihuahua missing. Police found the cowering little dog hiding undeneath the guest house. He was immediately taken to VCA Animal Emergency Clinic where he was stabilized. From there, the innocent little victim was transferred to Angel Animal Hospital where he continues to slowly recuperate.
For the first week, Ike wouldn’t eat or even try to get up, but as his wounds slowly heal and his family visit and stay with him, Ike’s condition continues to improve. The pint-sized canine gets to go home with Garcia during the day, but is returned to Angel Animal Hospital in the evenings for observation and continued medical care.
Dr. Jay Gotcher, D.V.M. has been in charge of Ike and credits Ike’s recovery to a joint effort of VCA Animal Emergency Clinic and his staff as well.
Crime Stoppers in Houston has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in this crime. Ryan Sullivan, director of communications with the organization is also using this egregious case of animal cruelty and abuse to bring awareness to the frightening correlation between cruelty towards animals and violent crimes. These violent acts toward animals are now recognized as a dangerous psychopathy; these actions are just not confined to animal cruelty.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer stated;
“Anyone who has accustomerd himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.”
The deep mental disturbance of abusing animals rarely stops there and is frequently associated with drugs, gangs, illegal gambling and dog-fighting. People who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans.
Ike, who was adopted by Garcia was a survior of Hurricane Ike. This feisty little fighter lost his whiskers, had to have stitches in his tiny nose, wears a protective cone around his head to keep him from licking his wounds, continues to shake in fear when strangers approach. Ike, however is a strong little survivor, and hopefully his message as a pint-sized poster boy for an awareness campaign will save other dogs and humans alike.
The Pasadena Police Department are actively searching for leads. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Many generous donors have been helping the Garcia family with Ike’s medical expenses. If you would like to contribute, please call the Angel Animal Hospital at 713-944-2424 and designate the donation to go toward little Ike.
Source: Pasadena News