Roll On, London.
Having suffered two severely fractured, shattered front legs/shoulders at the hands of owners Zachary Hinton & Sarah Anderson, as well as various other wounds- indicating he was unable to walk for approximately a month after the initial injuries, the pitbull London – a mere puppy at the time- was initially dropped off at Crescent City Animal Shelter- who wouldn’t even take him due to the severity of his injuries. A volunteer, Tana Bachman, called local Law Enforcement and Panda Paws Rescue to arrange help and initiate a police investigation.
Hinton denied abuse allegations, claiming London fell from the back of his truck twice. Thankfully, medical knowledge of human and animal physiology being what it is, it is not difficult to estimate the cause of injury based on trauma examined and thus a simple thing to figure out if someone is lying. One eye-witness claimed he personally witnessed London being slammed to the floor repeatedly for chewing on a couch when left alone. Dr. Brendon Sherman, the DVM who treated London, told Crescent City police his examinations were consistent with the witnesses’ claims, not Hinton’s.
With the help of Tana Bachman, The Humane Society took the injured six month old puppy to Amanda Giese of Panda Paws Rescue, an in-home canine rescue organization in Vancouver, Wash., that works with special needs dogs, on July 30. By Aug. 1, he was in surgery.
“The injury could have been fixed by surgically putting in implants, screws and pins, but by the time he was able to get the veterinary care he needed (the injury) was just too far along,” Sherman said. “The best option for him was to amputate the legs.”
London was under anesthesia for five hours while Sherman clipped his fur and amputated his limbs.
Shortly after, Hinton and Anderson appeared before Judge Leonard LaCasse. The judge was asked to increase the couple’s bail from $10,000 each to $35,000 each.
Zachary Hinton was sentenced to only six months in jail and three proceeding years probation, but ended up serving a mere ninety day term due to an odd ‘inmates receiving half credit’ law. Sarah Anderson was given three years probation.
This all took place back in mid 2012…..
Today, London has a wonderful home, living with owner Frances Gering and their many other dog buddies, both pups and adults. Follow the Facebook link below to see him interact with the puppies!
In case you haven’t yet watched any of these videos (click on the arrow in the middle if a grey screen loads; top and bottom left- playing ‘tug-of-war’, bottom right- running free with wheelchair), London recovered wonderfully, appears to be very well socialized, and enjoys life today as much as any dog could.
London’s Facebook Page (many more videos)