PHOENIX - A 2-month-old husky puppy is being kept in a medically induced coma after suffering abuse that may cause it to lose the senses of sight and scent, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said.
The puppy was brought to was brought to the county shelter with its skull bashed in Friday night.
On Sunday, MCACC said the swelling had gone down and the puppy was alert, but likely blind. Monday, MCACC said if the puppy recovers, it will most likely have no sense of smell either.
The county shelter said they have been "bombarded" with requests by people wanting to help or adopt the husky, but that may not be an option.
"We are unsure if he will ever be ready for adoption," MCACC said. "If this guy recovers to the point where he can be adopted he will require VERY specialized care."
In a Facebook post, MCACC offered other ways to help the puppy they are calling "BB Bear."
The shelter encourages people to donate to Two Pups Wellness Fund or Arizona Animal Rescue, report animal abuse, and adopt one of the hundreds of other animals at the shelter.
While the puppy recovers at the Phoenix Dog Cat Bird Hospital, MCACC and the Phoenix Police Department are still searching for the person responsible for the puppy's injuries. There are no suspects or arrests at this time.
Anyone with information can call Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 602-506-7387 or the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151.