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Maimed pup in Detroit sparks outpouring

The Detroit News

It looks like the public is giving puppy Chandler a fighting chance.

Since the plight of the 5-week-old dog became public after rescuers found him mutilated, a GoFundMe account set up for him has collected more than $21,000 as of Wednesday night.

Detroit Dog Rescue took in the puppy after he was found in a Detroit park Friday, bleeding from a “festering hole” in his belly. The group had sought $15,000 in donations to cover the cost of genital reattachment surgery and Chandler’s ICU care.

“I was completely shocked by the support,” executive director Kristina Rinaldi said Wednesday night, adding her group is planning an event for donors. “We want everybody who helped save his life to have a chance to meet him. Without this kind of support we never would have been able to save his life.”

Chandler had surgery this week and remains in intensive care, where he had been since he was found.

A passerby at Chandler Park on Detroit’s east side spotted him on the side of the road early Friday, which suggests he had been “thrown out of a car,” Rinaldi said.

On Monday, DDR announced on Facebook that medical evidence “suggests Chandler was tortured, mutilated and left to suffer.”

That is why the nonprofit has been working to find whoever is responsible. A $2,000 reward covered by the Peppler Agency in Harper Woods is being offered for tips leading to a conviction.

“We’re looking for anyone who might have seen a car toss something out of the window” at the park, Rinaldi said, adding that the Michigan Humane Society has offered its cruelty investigators to help on the case.

Meanwhile, she and her team are focused on helping Chandler recuperate.

DDR has said his prognosis was “very good.” And a day after his surgery, “he’s sleeping like a champ. He’s eating,” Rinaldi said. “This little guy is a warrior. He’s acting like he hasn’t missed a beat. He has not cried. His favorite thing to do is kiss people.”

Despite numerous requests, Chandler is not up for adoption until he recovers and “we find out what he needs in the future,” Rinaldi said.

For now, supporters are rallying around the pup and seeking justice.

“Whoever did this is not a human being, but a true monster!!” one user wrote on the DDR Facebook page. “I hope & pray that Chandler continues to thrive within your care. I also want justice for him, dogs are angels in fur!!!!”

Anyone with information is asked to call DDR at (313) 458-8014.