Mutilated pup gets second chance after adoption, new owners need help


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) – The new owners of an abused puppy are looking for help with his medical bills. They don’t know the full story of how this pup was hurt, but they say they want to give him the best life possible.

Nemo is a 12 week old puppy who was brutally abused early in his life. Someone cut off his ear, his tail and cut open his stomach. He survived, was rescued and adopted, but still needs medical attention.

Janelle Vargas and her sister, Christy Shampine heard about his story and fell in love with him.

“We have a client at the hair salon who saw the story on Facebook about her injuries. She contacted me because I love dogs. It was heartbreaking to think about. We found out a few days later that he was going to be adopted at local pet stores. Of course, when we walked in and saw him, we just couldn’t leave without him,” Vargas said.

“He loves everyone, he cares for everyone, just like a joy in everyone’s life right now,” Shampine said.

“We think his injuries happened so early that he has no memory of it. He’s not afraid of people, he’s not afraid of other dogs. He loves people, children, dogs, cats, etc. He’s a great dog,” Vargas added.

When they adopted him, they were told that all of his wounds had healed, but now they find there are other issues, such as his tail healing in a way that causes him pain and prevents him from going to the toilet.

“The vet is recommending a possible re-amputation because as he gets bigger it’s going to cause a lot of pain,” Vargas said.

Insurance will not cover these pre-existing conditions. So they started a GoFundMe to raise money to help take care of Nemo.

“He doesn’t seem affected for the most part, but there are some things he’s not the biggest fan. We just want to make sure he has the really happy life he deserves. We want to make sure that ‘he has the redemption story he deserves,’ Shampine said.

“We just want him to have the best life ever because, even though he was doing well injury-free, just with what he’s been through, we want him to be pain-free. and live a long and healthy life,” Vargas said.


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