Riptide is a one-year-old pup that has experienced terrible abuse in his very short lifetime.
Riptide was found grossly malnourished, covered in maggots and cut, and with his legs tied to a tree and his mouth zip-tied shut. Someone has not only abandoned the dog, but made sure the dog couldn’t escape death or bark to ask for help.
A truly unbelievable level of cruelty.
Words are not able to explain what this guy went through.
He is maybe a year old and he was left in the woods, tied to a tree by his back leg with a zip tie around his muzzle. The rope around his leg was cutting into his leg to the bone.
The ziptie around his muzzle was embedded to the bone on top and underneath. The maggots were everywhere,
This guy endured days… weeks like this. He survived and we intend to give him our all to get him back to healthRescuers from Rescued Pets are Wonderful, the Twin Cities rescue nursing Riptide back to health, wrote on Facebook.
This chilling case even inspired the Humane Society’s Minnesota chapter to offer a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to this young dog’s abuser.
“The level of cruelty this dog endured is difficult to put into words.
We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous act.”the organization’s state director, Christine Coughlin, told CBS Local.
Riptide’s rescuers, meanwhile, have set up a fundraising page to support the dog’s recovery. They expect the recovery to take long and cost a lot, but they are willing to do whatever needed to help the poor pup.
Veterinarians have already been forced to amputate the pup’s back leg, while the deep cuts on his muzzle will likely require even more surgical treatment.
“Riptide has a long way to go but we know he has the support of so many,”
Please visit Rescued Pets Are Wonderful if you’d like to donate to Riptide’s recovery fund, which has already raised more than $18,000 from people determined to help Riptide recover from this unimaginable abuse.