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Houston mayor seeks home for abused, three-legged dog

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Updated 3:24 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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  • Trinity, a dog who lost a leg because of abuse, is ready for adoption at BARC. Photo: BARC

    Trinity, a dog who lost a leg because of abuse, is ready for adoption at BARC.

    Photo: BARC

 

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Trinity has three remaining legs after authorities say the pup's previous owner stomped, hit and beat her during her first year of life. Now in a Houston animal shelter, she doesn't let her missing leg slow her down as she waits for a loving family to adopt her.

In November, Albert Barajas Jr., 34, was charged with cruelty to animals after a neighbor allegedly witnessed him stomping and hitting the dog with a stick, court records show. BARC's animal control officers removed the dog from its home. The dog's left hind leg suffered severe and irreversible damage and was amputated at a local veterinarian's office.

This week, Mayor Annise Parker named Trinity her "Dog of the Week." Trinity maintained a positive and loving attitude despite the abuse and neglect she faced, according to a city news release.

"Trinity is a very sweet dog that loves people and lots of attention," according to the release. "She will make a great addition to a family that can provide her with the love and support she deserves."

As for Barajas, he was released on bond and will next appear in court Feb. 26. BARC spokesman Chris Newport said the city, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's office will take a serious stand on the issue.

"We do not tolerate the abuse and neglect of innocent animals," Newport said. "We worked with the Houston Police Department to make absolutely sure Barajas did not get away with such horrific behavior. We are working closer than ever before to ensure that animals get the justice they deserve."

If you see animal cruelty in your area, please reach out to BARC by calling Houston's 311. You can also submit a report on the new 311 smartphone app by entering information and taking a picture of the animal.