Duct-taped dog to be put up for adoption in Lewiston

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Sammy, a 6- to 8-month-old pit bull mix, is seen with Dr. Stephen Kinney at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society after he was removed from a Googin Street home in Lewiston recently. Donald Otis Hebert IV has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after his children found the dog's muzzle and eyes wrapped in duct tape.

LEWISTON — A 6-month-old pit bull named Sammy, who allegedly had duct tape wrapped around its eyes and mouth, had also been bound with rope, a veterinarian said Thursday.

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The hind legs of Sammy the pit bull mix show signs of the abuse, according to veterinarian Dr. Stephen Kinney. The dog was taken from the Googin Street home of Donald Hebert IV in Lewiston recently.

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The hind legs of Sammy the pit bull mix show signs of the abuse, according to veterinarian Dr. Stephen Kinney. The dog was taken from the Googin Street home of Donald Hebert IV in Lewiston recently.

In spite of his injuries, Sammy was doing well and on Saturday he'll be put up for adoption.

The dog was being treated at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society nearly two weeks after police said he was shut up in a bathroom with tape over his eyes and mouth.

Donald Otis Hebert IV, 46, of 70 Googin St., was arrested Wednesday on two counts of animal cruelty. Investigators say Hebert used duct tape to silence the dog because he didn't want to be bothered.

It was his children who found the pit bull in the bathroom of the Googin Street home, police said. Since then, Sammy has been in the care of the Animal Emergency Clinic and the Humane Society.

Not for much longer though, says Zack Black, manager of the shelter. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sammy will officially be available for adoption.

Black doesn't expect to encounter any problems finding Sammy a home. The dog is still skittish after the trauma, he said, but he interacts well with other animals and children who give him space.

"He's friendly with everyone," Black said. "He's a happy-go-lucky dog."

Dr. Stephen Kinney treated Sammy and said the signs of abuse were clear. Even so, the animal was healing well and, beyond the possibility of scars on his legs, should recover completely.

"Everything is healing good," Kinney said. "He's a really friendly fellow."

On Thursday, Sammy was also a bit of a rock star. Reporters came to the shelter to see him. Photographers wanted to take his picture.

Black said he expects a lot of interest this weekend as Sammy becomes available. He hopes the people who come to see him will also take a look at the other dogs, cats and various other critters.

"We have a lot of other animals," he said, "who need homes, too."

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Kim Berry's picture

horrible abuse like this should be punishable to the fullest ...

... extent of the law! And, even our animal abuse laws are pretty wrist slappy! Really sad. This animal was cut by sharp knives, I would be very careful who gets to adopt him. No one wants to see him get into the hands of another abuser or even the same abuser for a little retaliation.

The trauma this poor 6 month old recieved is heart wrenching. I have prayed for his recovery. And many prayers to the gentle kinds hands who treated him at the ERV and the H.S. as well. It is a tough job to work in a place like that. Alot of not so happy stories. Very demanding on one's heart and takes alot of personal strength.

Well done kids.....

These kids certainly know right from wrong and we all can be very proud of them. They certainly weren't given a very good example. Hope this dog finds a caring family to spend the rest of his life with and his former owner is never allowed to have another animal.

RICHARD MERSEREAU's picture

THANK YOU.....

THAT POOR BABY, HE NEEDS A FOREVER HOME THAT WILL SHOW HIM LOVE AND DEVOTION. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT PLAYED A PART IN THE RESCUE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT OF SAMMY, THANK YOU TO THE COURTS FOR THROWING THIS EVIL TWISTED MAN IN JAIL FOR LIFE(WISHFUL THINKING)AND MOST OF ALL THANK YOU TO THE NEW OWNERS WHO WILL LOVE,SPOIL AND APPRECIATE SAMMY FOR ALL THAT HE HAS BEEN THROUGH AND ALL THAT HE WILL BECOME WITH YOUR DEVOTION. ROCK-ON SAMMY I LOVE YOU AND WISH YOU A LONG HAPPY LIFE OF PEACE AND COMFORT WITH A LOVING FAMILY WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.

Gary Grenier's picture

And kudos to his children for

And kudos to his children for saving the dog...

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