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Lucy on the mend as donations pour in to pay for care

BETTER NOW: Bull Arab cross Lucy, with vet Lobke Buhrmann.
BETTER NOW: Bull Arab cross Lucy, with vet Lobke Buhrmann. Kate Czerny

YOU would not expect Lucy the 10-month-old bull Arab to be wagging her tail.

Not after the female pup was brutally beaten and left for dead in Collingwood Park last Sunday.

Although at the RSPCA Animal Care Campus in Wacol, recuperating Lucy was all tail-wagging and happy.

The QT visited the brave dog yesterday after it returned from surgery at a veterinary hospital in Albany Creek.

The pup was the victim of a torturous act of animal cruelty which has shocked the community.

Despite Lucy's ordeal, RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the dog had amazingly not lost its affection towards humans.

"She's incredibly friendly," he said. "Which is remarkable considering what has happened to her."

Bandaged and bruised, Lucy currently occupies the office of RSPCA chief veterinary officer Anne Chester.

Mr Beatty said a mattress had been set up in the space for Lucy while Ms Chester was away on holidays.

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"When someone stops by the office, Lucy is always friendly and wagging her tail," he said.

"The sweet-natured pup is certainly a lot happier now than how she was when she was brought into us on Sunday."

The injuries that were inflicted on Lucy included a fractured eye socket, a deep gash on her forehead and a broken leg.

Mr Beatty said Lucy's surgery had cost thousands of dollars and the RSPCA was grateful to all those who donated money to help her.

As of yesterday, more than $19,500 had been raised towards Lucy's treatment and rehabilitation.

"At this stage Lucy can stand up and take a couple of steps," he said. "But it will be about six to eight weeks till she is recovered."

When she is healthy enough, Mr Beatty said Lucy would be put into foster care.

He said that a few families had already expressed an interest in adopting the pup.

If you would like to donate to Lucy's care, visit everydayhero.com.au/event/collingwoodparkpup.

Topics:  animal abuse, animal cruelty, rspca



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