Ava: Dog Severely Abused in Chester Co. Faces Long Road to Recovery and Justice

CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (AP) — Felony animal cruelty charges have been filed against an unidentified individual who severely maimed a dog in South Coatesville, according to the Brandywine Valley SPCA. The dog, named Ava, was found by a neighbor and brought to the shelter in December, showing signs of severe abuse.

Ava was discovered to be severely emaciated with multiple brutal injuries, including a damaged eye, older fractures in her leg and ribs, damage to her lungs, and multiple broken teeth. As a result of her injuries, Ava’s back leg had to be amputated. Despite the trauma she has endured, staff at the Brandywine Valley SPCA describe Ava as a fighter.

The person responsible for Ava’s beating has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty and neglect charges. Once she recovers, Ava will be available for adoption, but in the meantime, she is in the care of a staff member who is fostering her around the clock.

To aid in covering the numerous medical expenses that Ava will need on her road to recovery, the BVSPCA has posted a donation option on Facebook. Donations are encouraged to support Ava’s journey to health and well-being.