Patty shortly after she arrived at the animal hospital. (Emergency Veterinary Hospital-Ann Arbor)
Nearly nine months ago a small dog was found in Patton Park in southwest Detroit. She had been stabbed and skinned.
No one knew if she would survive.
Today, Patty, named for the park where she was found, is almost fully recovered and inspiring others to help dogs that have suffered cruelty.
“She’s a survivor. Definitely a survivor,” said Joann Dixon, president of Providing for Paws, the group that rushed Patty to an emergency veterinary hospital in September. Since then, the group has helped pay for her care, which has totaled about $14,000.
On Saturday, Providing for Paws will host Patty’s 1st Annual Promise to End Cruelty event in Novi to help raise funds for the care of future Pattys, Dixon said.
During Saturday’s event attendees can meet Patty — who has nearly 7,300 Facebook fans — and take a professional photo with her.
When a man found the injured dog at the park Sept. 12, it had been stabbed in her back and skinned from her shoulder blades to the top of her head, Dixon said.
He alerted police, who contacted Providing for Paws. Volunteers took the dog to Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor where she was hospitalized for two months.
“I don’t think any of us had seen anything to that extent,” said Dr. Lindsey Ruland with Emergency Veterinary. “It was very obvious from the nature of her wounds that it was an intentional stabbing.”
Patty’s treatment was a complicated case, Ruland said. Her recovery included daily hydrotherapy to make sure her wounds stayed clean and massage therapy to maintain her mobility. Only a small section of skin still needs to heal.
“She’s a happy little dog doing well clinically,” Ruland said.
In January, Patty was adopted by Gary and Jamie Schultz of Redford.
Jamie Schultz babysat Patty overnight at her home and said she found the dog immediately fit in well with her family.
“Within two hours of her being there it was like she had been there forever,” she said.
She asked about adopting Patty, but another family already had made plans to do so. When those plans didn’t work out Patty found a home with the Schultzes.
“(Patty) is great,” she said. “She gets along great with my two other dogs and my cat. She loves to play in the water hose, bite at it and jump at it.”
She’s friendly with everyone, Schultz said.
“Even after everything she went through she’s so trusting and so sweet with everybody,” she said. “You’d think she’d shy away from people. She’s got a really outgoing personality.”
There is a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to the conviction of those responsible for injuring Patty. Call the Michigan Humane Society at (313) 872-3401.