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1:54 AM Sun, Jan. 20th

Abused puppy put down after life-and-death ordeal

KINGMAN ­ The year-old Rotweiler puppy had been bound with a black rubber "bungee" strap, the kind used to tie down tarps. The strap had been wrapped around one of the puppy's legs, then looped twice around its neck, with the ends hooked together.

Barbara Ayala of Kingman found the pup lying along her back fence when she went to investigate her own dogs barking when she got home from work one day last week.

"I would guess he'd been there for a day or so. The weeds he was laying in were all mashed down," she said.

The dog had no license or tags. Nor had he been groomed in the usual fashion for Rotweilers; he still had his dew claws and his tail was uncropped.

And he was injured. His foot was swollen to twice its normal size and the animal could hobble on just three legs.

"I gave him food and water and called Animal Control," Ayala said. "He was really hungry. He ate a three-pound coffee can of dog food, some canned dog food and some biscuits, and he drank a lot of water."

Despite his pitiful condition, the puppy maintained a gentle disposition.