WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officials said they will likely be able to save the leg of a 10-year-old dog removed from a Belle Glade home this month after officials say her owner cut off its foot with a hand saw.
The dog, who has been named Karma, is being treated at the county's shelter on Belvedere Road.
Elizabeth Harfmann, animal control's community outreach coordinator, said the shelter's veterinarian is hopeful officials will be able to save Karma's leg. Shelter workers had feared Karma's entire leg would have to be amputated as a result of the injury.
"The staff veterinarian who has been treating feels we will be able to save the entire leg and that a full amputation may not be necessary," Harfmann wrote in an email to The Palm Beach Post. "We will be monitoring her healing over the next week to determine the best course of action."
Luc Jean Baptiste, 48, of Belle Glade was charged with felony animal cruelty after a witness said he duct-taped the dog's mouth shut, hog-tied her, and sawed through her right front leg. The witness told animal control officers that Baptiste removed the leg because the dog had injured it, officials said.
Animal control was called to the house on the 600 block of Southwest Avenue C by the sheriff's office on April 3. Sheriff's deputies were investigating a shooting at the residence. In all, the county removed seven adult dogs and four puppies from the home.
Harfmann said Karma's story received an overwhelming response from people across the country. The shelter has received many donations to help with the cost of her care.