When animal control officer Gwyneth Kingsley responded to an incident of domestic violence, she was bracing for animal cruelty. But she was still shocked to find a 6-year-old dog stabbed 29 times by his own owner.
Miraculously, the injured dog, Gucci, survived this brutal attack, a feat the New Mexico officer attributed to the bull terrier’s determination. “He’s brave and he’s stubborn,” Kingsley told KFOX14. “The boy won’t give up and that’s what makes him a miracle, not his injuries healing, but his sheer will to survive everything.”
But even as his physical injuries heal, Gucci’s trauma has left emotional wounds that aren’t easily overcome. These scars are further compounded by the fact that Gucci was hurt by somebody he loved and trusted. It’s hard to imagine a larger betrayal.
Since the attack, Gucci has been wary and aggressive around men, which is a common reaction among abused dogs. But it was becoming clear Gucci would need some extra help to overcome his aggression and learn to trust people again.
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So Kingsley searched her network and found a rescue better suited to provide Gucci with special care. Not only is Bayou Animal Services run entirely by women, the rescue has experience with bull trainer breeds and a licensed animal behaviorist on staff.
“I’ll be sad to see him go,” said Kingsley, who grew close with Gucci throughout the dog’s ordeal. But she knows this sweet boy needs caretakers who can help him process his trauma.
This 6-year-old bull terrier named Gucci – allegedly stabbed by his owner 29 times last December – is on his way to a…
“In my years as an animal control officer, I can’t say it’s the worst animal cruelty case I’ve seen, but it’s among the worst for sure,” she said. “The county is doing right by Gucci in transferring ownership to the Bayou team, as they are willing to take on his special case.”
Good luck, Gucci! We’re glad you’re feeling better and have finally found some good people.
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