A 10-year-old dog that was removed from a Belle Glade home last week after officials say her owner cut her leg off with a hand saw is still recovering at Palm Beach County's animal shelter.
The dog, who has been named Karma, underwent surgery last week to close the wound and remove her severely-infected uterus.
Animal Control Capt. David Walesky said the pit-bull-type mix may need to see an orthopedic specialist to remove part of the remaining bone. The surgery can be costly, and the county's shelter typically doesn't have funds to pay for specialized procedures.
Animal control was called to the house in the 600 block of Southwest Avenue C by the sheriff's office, which was investigating a shooting at the residence. In all, the county removed seven adult dogs and four puppies from the home.
Animal control says it plans to seek custody of the animals, and eventually put them up for adoption. Karma has shown signs of aggression towards other pets, and will need to be placed in a home that will be able to work with her.
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.
"She is not a puppy," Walesky said. "She is older, and she is that way. It will be difficult to work with. We are looking for the right person to do that."
Animal control is accepting donations for Karma's care through its Miracle Pet Program. Checks can be mailed to:
PBC Animal Care and Control, ATTN: Customer Service, 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411.
For more on the donation program information, call (561) 233-1222.