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Humane Rescue Alliance rescues dog left for dead near Fort Totten Metro station, offers reward in investigation

Update July 24, 2020

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Ladybell. We’re happy to share that she has moved to a foster home where she will be receiving round-the-clock care.

In examining Ladybell, our medical team discovered that besides her injuries, she is also suffering from several other underlying conditions. She has hip dysplasia, several rotting teeth, arthritis and a spinal injury that prevents her from walking normally. Despite her injury, she is already able to walk on her own with little assistance.

Ladybell resting in an HRA foster home

Thankfully, Ladybell’s pain is being managed and her quality of life is still good. She has a long road of recovery ahead of her, but she is in amazing hands. There is currently an open investigation for Ladybell, which means she must remain in our care for the duration of her case. Once she is available for adoption, we will be sure to let everyone know!

You can donate to Ladybell's Fund to help Ladybell and other dogs like her here: humanerescuealliance.org/ladybell


July 21, 2020

The Humane Rescue Alliance is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly stabbing and abandoning a dog near the Fort Totten Metro station.

On Sunday, July 12, HRA received a call about a dog who was apparently abandoned near the Fort Totten Metro tracks. When Humane Law Enforcement officers with HRA arrived on scene, they found an emaciated and critically injured senior-aged dog, who they named Ladybell.

She was so weak she couldn’t stand, covered in blood and had a number of injuries – most noticeably a deep wound above her left eye that was swollen and overflowing with parasites. HRA officers transported Ladybell to Friendship Hospital for Animals to try and save her life.

Veterinarians determined she had what appeared to be stab wounds on her face and the back of her head, as well as many unidentified wounds on her back. Her left eye was infested with thousands of maggots, and a wound on the back of her head was so violently deep it fractured her skull.

Ladybell was in immense pain, but today it looks like she is going to make it. After extensive emergency surgery, along with a heavy dose of antibiotics and pain relief, her vital signs, blood pressure and organ functions are stable. Veterinarians are hopeful her eye has been saved. Best of all she is up, moving around and gently wagging her tail.

While Ladybell appears to be on the mend, HRA’s work on this case is just beginning. HLE officers have launched an investigation to find her abuser and are looking for anyone who may have noticed anything unusual near the Fort Totten Metro station on or before July 12, anyone who recognizes the dog, and information about the person or persons responsible for Ladybell’s injuries. If you have information, please call 202-723-5730, option 3.

“Having been involved in animal protection work for more than 20 years, sometimes I think nothing can shock me anymore, but Ladybell’s case has shaken me to my core,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of the Humane Rescue Alliance. “Ladybell suffered immensely at the hands of her tormenter and we can’t begin to imagine what she has endured. We are in desperate need of help from our community to help find those responsible for this disturbing act of animal cruelty, and we’re hopeful this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Donations to help in the care and rehabilitation of Ladybell and other animals with critical medical needs can be made to HRA by visiting humanerescuealliance.org/ladybell.

Your gift will ensure she continues to get the intensive care she needs and will help us bring her abuser to justice.


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