Sophia was severely abused

Sophia was severely abused (Courtesy of BARCS / June 19, 2014)

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is currently treating a 3-year-old mixed breed dog who appears to be the victim of severe abuse.

Sophia was brought to the shelter last week by city animal control officers with multiple scars on her face and head and with no lower jaw. She is also missing upper teeth. BARCS officials said the wounds on her face looked to be bite marks.

Despite her extensive injuries and clearly traumatic past, Sophia is loving and sweet and still trusts humans, they said. Shelter officials are currently looking for the perfect home for her; she may need further surgery and skin grafts in the future. Interested adopters should fill out an application with BARCS.

Sophia received surgery thanks to BARCS’ Franky Fund, which also treated a burned dog earlier this month (read about Deacon here); the fund provides critical assessment and lifesaving treatment at area animal hospitals that partner with BARCS. The fund is completely reliant on donations to continue providing treatment.

BARCS is now experiencing an unusually high influx of homeless pets -- well more than the customary 30 to 35 who are surrendered every day. To help find homes for as many as possible, the shelter has waived all adoption fees for all animals the remainder of June.

To donate toward Sophia’s care, visit baltimoreanimalshelter.org/donate. To adopt a pet, visit the shelter at 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore. Phone 410.396.4695.