Sabre, a two-year-old Siberian husky, that was found severely beaten after going missing from a Chilliwack home, was discharged from veterinary care on Sunday.
"Sabre's home and he's super happy to be home, which is amazing," said owner Lisa-Marie Shymkowich.
Shymkowich, her husband and their two children were in the backyard with Sabre when he went missing on Oct. 15. A gate that is never used and barricaded with cinderblocks was found open, with the blocks toppled over.
"It only took a second for Sabre to go missing," Shymkowich said.
The couple searched for several hours, but came up empty handed. The next morning they heard a vehicle pull up to their home and abruptly drive away.
Shymkowich was horrified and shocked to find Sabre on their driveway, bloody and severely wounded. Dr. Kuldeep Chahal, Cheam View Veterinary Hospital veterinarian,
told the Times that Sabre sustained cuts and blunt force injuries all over his body and very sharp injuries to his left paw, which left the bone exposed. His right testicle was ruptured and hanging from outside of the scrotum.
Chahal said he could not determine the exact cause of Sabre's injuries, but stated they were not caused by a fight with another animal due to the absence of bite marks, and did not seem to be from an accident.
"There was not like any kind of bone fracture that looked like an accident," he said. "These injuries are really different injuries."
Sabre was discharged on Oct. 20, after being in veterinary care for four days, which included several hours of surgery to suture lacerations on his body and intravenous fluid treatment for liver complications. Due to the nature of Sabre's injuries, the family believes their dog was brutally beaten by a person and are currently canvassing local neighbourhoods to find answers and bring the assailant to justice.
Although relieved Sabre is home safe and sound, Shymkowich is fearful his attacker is still on the streets. "We're more than diligent with our animals," she said. "Our cats are kept inside. .. and we're with our dogs at all times."
The family is also grateful to the public, after receiving an outpouring of support from the community and donations towards Sabre's vet bills.
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