There is more evidence to support that a sexual assault was committed against a seven-pound, six-month-old, female puppy last month. Now named Franchesca, the badly injured puppy was adopted by Lisa Michelle Corona from the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter (“SBCAS”)
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According to Corona, she was informed of the sexual assault by Dr. Robert Zielinski, the vet who performed Franchesca’s spay surgery at the General Dog & Cat Hospital. After the story quickly spread about the unthinkable act of perversion against a small puppy, this author published an article about the incident – the purpose of which was to help with the vet costs that Corona was facing as a result of Franchesca’s anal and colorectal injury.
Both Franchesca and her new “mom” received a ton of moral support and some financial assistance from the rescue community. Unfortunately, it also drew negative attention and conflicting stories – even from shelter personnel.
Such negativity only added to the stress and burden Corona was already under as a result of her new adoptee’s condition. She didn’t need that. As such, this author felt it was in Corona’s best interests to unpublish the article at that time.
In addition, it seemed that the San Bernardino City Shelter was disputing what Corona was allegedly told by Dr. Zielinski. In the interest of getting to the truth, this author felt it would be prudent to personally interview the vet currently treating Franchesca and get his opinion before republishing the original article, as well as publishing this update.
Franchesca’s attending veterinarian is Dr. Jeffery Werber, a highly respected and one of America’s leading veterinarians. Dr. Werber treated Franchesca on July 24 – about a month after he first treated her. On July 30, this author spoke with him and asked very specific questions regarding Franchesca’s injury.
I first asked Dr. Werber what procedure(s) he performed on Franchesca. He said he put Franchesca under light sedation. He did some palpating and used a scope to look at her anal/colorectal area.
Because Corona received comments that Franchesca was not raped; but, rather, suffered from an anal or a rectal prolapse, I asked Dr. Werber whether Franchesca’s injury was, in fact, the result of one of these congenital defects. His answer was “no,” and further stated that it only takes “logic” to know that. He explained that if it was a congenital problem, that means she was born with it. If she was born with it, then there should be no expectation of any healing or change in that area a month later. “The fact that it got better shows there was some trauma or injury to that area,” according to Dr. Werber.
The attention this story received led many people to contact the SBCAS, including Dawn Danielson, the Director of the Department of Animal Services in the County of San Diego.
Brian M. Cronin, the Division Chief of the San Bernardino County, Department of Health, Animal Care & Control Division, responded that he contacted the initial examining veterinarian at the General Dog and Cat Hospital. He explained that the “[s]taff at the veterinary hospital stated they felt multiple male dogs most likely caused the injuries sustained by this pet. It is my understanding that male/female dogs are segregated at the City animal shelter, so most likely the injuries were sustained prior to impoundment.”
Of course, this begs the question: Is it possible that the damage to Franchesca’s bottom was caused by another dog?
Before getting to Dr. Werber’s response to this question, SBCAS’s response to Danielson’s question is cause for a couple of concerns. Why is the shelter segregating unaltered female dogs with unaltered male dogs? Moreover, why was a small, unaltered, female puppy “segregated” with “multiple” unaltered male dogs?
So, in trying to explain away Franchesca’s injury, it actually makes the shelter appear very irresponsible; even reckless. The goal is to reduce pet overpopulation. A shelter should understand that concept better than most. Moreover, by segregating female and male dogs in one area, they place them in a very precarious and dangerous situation.
Although the foregoing are legitimate concerns, Dr. Werber explained that even if a male dog was unaltered, it is unlikley (or, “not the norm”) for a male dog to sodomize a female dog. He has never seen it.
Giving SBCAS the benefit of the doubt by accepting that maybe another dog or “multiple dogs” sodomized Franchesca, I asked Dr. Werber if a male dog could cause the type of injury he observed Franchesca to have sustained. Significantly enough, he said “not to that extent.”
Based on this author’s interview with Dr. Werber, a highly regarded veterinarian, it would seem the culprit responsible for Franchesca’s injury was likely a human by use of some foreign object, or otherwise, and not by a canine, according to Dr. Werber. Furthermore, Corona’s account was probably accurate, which – if you recall – was first based on what she was told by Franchesca’s then-attending vet, Dr. Zielinski.
Also pertinent to note is that Dr. Zielinski spayed Franchesca – that is, he performed a surgical procedure while Franchesca was under general anesthesia – even though she was suffering from a horrific injury to her bum. According to Dr. Zielinski, he didn’t notice the injury because the area surrounding her sphincter was matted with feces-encrusted fur. If this was the case – which we have no reason to believe otherwise – SBCAS’s theory that “multiple male dogs most likely caused the injuries” seems somehow implausible, unless these dogs have human digits, or can manipulate their pads like fingers.
Whether or not this follow-up article dispels any misgivings about whether or not Franchesca was sexually assaulted by a human, the good news is that Franchesca’s bottom is now “generally normal,” according to Dr. Werber, and he will continue to treat her conservatively.
You can follow Franchesca’s progress by visiting her facebook page, Franchesca’s Story.
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