UPDATE 10/18/17: Adopted!
We are thrilled to announce that Panda has been adopted! After spending a few weeks recovering in an AHS Foster Hero’s home, this sweet girl has proven to love her humans unconditionally. Best of luck to you and your new furmily, Panda!
Chandler Police Department Needs Help with Suspected Animal Abuse Case
Those with any information are encouraged to contact Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS (948-6377). Silent Witness and AHS are offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a suspect(s).
On Monday, September 18, 2017, Chandler police officers responded to the area of McQueen Road and Warner Road for the report of an injured dog. When officers arrived, they found a three-year-old female dog named Panda with a severe laceration to her throat. Panda had recently been re-homed to an unknown person. Panda’s previous owner gave her to an unknown Hispanic male at Espee Park between September 8, 2017 and September 11, 2017. Investigators have ruled out Panda’s injuries were caused by another animal and believe her throat was intentionally cut with a sharp object.
After police located Panda, she was turned over to the Arizona Humane Society for treatment. The American Pit Bull Terrier mix, now known as Juno by shelter staff, remains in the custody of AHS and is recovering from a recent surgery in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™.
Her condition when she arrived at AHS was horrific. The cut on Panda’s throat was just millimeters from her jugular, and she was extremely lucky to be found alive. Dr. Thompson, the Supervising Veterinarian at AHS’ trauma hospital, performed the life-saving surgery and Panda remains under the care of AHS’ medical team where she continues to receive frequent bandage changes. In her time in AHS’ care, Panda has quickly stolen the hearts of our team members through her sweet and very loving nature! She will soon head to an AHS Foster Hero home to heal even further.
As this is an ongoing investigation, our focus right now is on Panda’s medical care as well as assisting law enforcement on this case. We will provide updates as they become available.