Kentucky puppy chemically burned, branded with profanity

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We're tracking the investigation into a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Lexington. Animal control officials say someone chemically burned profanity onto a dog's skin.

The puppy is now being treated at the Lexington Humane Society as investigators try to track down who did this.

Why in the world would someone brand a puppy this way? That's what we and animal control officials are wondering as they investigate after finding the puppy on Campbell Street.

She's now named Felicity after being abandoned outside of a home and chained to a fence. At first, animal control officers noticed the bald spots but then they noticed much more.

"There was an attempt to make a word on the canine," said Lt. Lee Agee, with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control.

We can't show or tell you what word was chemically burned onto the side of this seven-month-old pit mix, but it's profanity. It's something many have never seen even those who deal with animal abuse every day.

"This type of abuse, with the scarring and the burning, yes, it's bad," said Lt. Agee.

Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control is still investigating, trying to find who did this. But they say they'll probably never know what was used to chemically burn this dog's skin.

"It could have been bleach, some sort of caustic agent like a drano," said Lt. Agee.

With no owner identification, collar, or tags, Felicity's home for the time being is at the Lexington Humane Society.

"The skin that got traumatized had to die and then new skin had to come back and that is a very long and painful process," said Dr. Elizabeth Ubelhor, who is a veterinarian at the Lexington Humane Society.

She'll be having plastic surgery any day now. It'll be an attempt to remove the profane scarring from this poor pup.

"We don't want poor Felicity to be identified or limited because of her scarring or because of the profane word on her," said Ashley Hammond, with the Lexington Humane Society.

Animal control officials are asking for the public to come forward if they have any information about this dog. Also, the Lexington Humane Society is asking for donations to help cover the costs of Felicity's treatment.