Puppy with slit throat rescued from Soldotna snowbank

March 8, 2012 

Donna Cotman of Soldotna with the puppy she's now calling Lucky.

PHOTO COURTESY DONNA COTMAN VIA THE REDOUBT REPORTER

His name is now Lucky. The terrier-like puppy left for dead in a Soldotna-area snowbank after having his throat cut now has a home and is healing from his near-fatal wound. So far, authorities haven't found out who dumped the badly bleeding dog, says The Redoubt Reporter.

[Donna] Cotman was out walking one of her dogs near her home off of Sport Lake [when] she saw another neighbor also walking his dog, and he seemed to be in distress.

"He was walking his dog when he noticed a blood trail, so he followed it and found a dog in bad shape," she said. "Knowing I was a school nurse, he called me over to help."

The blood trail led down to the end of a houseless cul-de-sac, and there, in a snowbank, lying in an even larger pool of blood, was a cold little dog.

"It appeared his throat had been slit," Cotman said. "The cut was long and clean like it had been done with a knife, and there was a lot of blood, so much blood. You could see the trachea, but it didn't go through it. I think that's how he was able to survive."

... The vet agreed it had been a deliberately inflicted wound, rather than an injury from the dog pulling against a collar, cable tether or something of the sort.

Since she brought the puppy home, Cotman says, he hasn't left her side. Read more at The Redoubt Reporter.

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