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7-Week-Old Puppy Recovering After Being Found with Rubber Bands Tied Around Ankles

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Rubber bands are handy, but they can also be dangerous. Even leaving hair ties and ponytail holders on your wrists can cut off the circulation to your hands, and rubber bands are no different.

In fact, rubber bands are so good at cutting off circulation that some farmers use them for castrating and docking tails of various farm animals. Whether it’s the best method is another matter, but the fact is that cutting off circulation will end with the extremities dying off.

Sadly, some people have no particular animal husbandry in mind when they use rubber bands on helpless creatures. There have been incidents of cruel people using rubber bands on dogs’ mouths to keep them from barking, which results in deep wounds and the pups needing reconstructive surgery.

Someone really went out of their way to cause harm to this adorable little 7-week-old puppy in Arizona. Fortunately, a caring person found it and took it to the local humane society where it could be properly cared for.

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“Little Foot was brought to AHS nine days ago by a Good Samaritan who found him with rubber bands tied around his ankles,” the Arizona Humane Society wrote on Facebook on Jan. 29. “His feet were horribly swollen, making it very difficult to walk, and nearly cutting off his circulation.

“This 6-week-old puppy’s treatment includes daily laser therapy and warm compress massages to promote blood flow and improve circulation in his paws. Much like a balloon, the circulation will cause the fluids to shift and, hopefully, reduce the swelling.

“Believe it or not, Little Foot’s paws have improved incredibly over the past nine days and the scabbing is almost gone!”

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“Follow along with us here on AHS’ Facebook page for Little Foot’s recovery! We will be sharing details of his treatment, healing, and journey towards adoption over the next few weeks. Please send your well wishes to this little guy!”

Plenty of well-wishers have chimed in and have been touched by this puppy’s journey. The AHS has posted photos of Little Foot’s progress as well as video of some of his laser treatments.

“We shared Little Foot’s story earlier this week and we, along with Little Foot, were blown away by the amazing support he has from the community!” they wrote on Feb. 3. “As promised, we will share his recovery journey with you as he continues to heal in our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™.

“Part of his treatment plan includes daily laser therapy. This method of treatment activates the cells and tissues in his feet, and essentially helps to ‘jump start’ the cells needed to heal.”

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“We will continue to share details of Little Foot’s treatment and healing here on AHS’ Facebook page.”

For now, the pit bull puppy is not looking for a new home. He’ll need time to heal and recover before being ready to join a family, but he’s certainly feeling much better than when he first arrived at the shelter. Follow the AHS page for updates!

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking