The severely abused puppy discovered tied up in a dumpster in Long Beach earlier this month, found with skull fractures and covered in human urine, was released from medical care Tuesday.
Now named "Chloe," the Maltese-poodle-terrier mix is facing another six to eight weeks of recovery as she enters rehabilitation and remains in foster care, according to Dr. Thomas Babcock, hospital administrator at Long Beach Animal Emergency.
She underwent surgery to re-align a fractured femur and have a titanium plate placed inside one leg, which was so severely injured that hospital officials previously said it may have to be amputated.
Meanwhile, authorities have yet to make an arrest since the 1-year-old pup was found brutalized on Dec. 8.
A $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her abuse is being offered by businesses and rescue groups including Just Food for Dogs, Fix Long Beach, Sparky and the Gang and other donors.
Chloe was rescued from a trash bin near Walnut Avenue in downtown Long Beach when someone heard her crying, according to hospital staff. She was wrapped in a blanket and fed sugar water by a Good Samaritan until help arrived.
She was then rushed to Primary Care Animal Hospital.
After later being transferred to Long Beach Animal Emergency, Chloe underwent treatment there for the last 11 days. Since being found with several life-threatening injuries, Babcock said, she's been gaining weight and "eating ravenously."
"We've been thrilled with her progress," Babcock said.
When she was rescued, Chloe was nearly comatose from head trauma and skull fractures, according to Babcock. Bruising covered most of her tiny frame and she had multiple rib fractures and brain swelling, rescuers and hospital staff have said.
X-rays of her fractured femur show the extent of the injury and the metal plate that's been surgically placed inside her leg.
"These are serious injuries with signs of prolonged abuse," Babcock said in a Dec. 14 statement from hospital officials.
"It’s truly appalling that someone could do this to another living creature," Diana Kliche, a board member for animal rescue group Fix Long Beach, said in the same statement.
"It appears that not a single ounce of compassion was given to Chloe. Even the bag they put her in to die had old food and garbage," Kliche said. "They couldn’t even get a clean bag."
The rescue group started handling Chloe's case after receiving a tip from a volunteer the day she was found, according to the statement. That volunteer has wished to remain anonymous.
Chloe will be released into the care of one of Fix Long Beach's foster homes, which each hold several years of experience fostering dogs with special medical needs, according to Kliche.
She will not be available for adoption for another three months, Kliche said, encouraging those wishing to adopt her to take in another pet from a local shelter.
Those with information that could solve the case are urged to contact Long Beach Animal Care Service’s Special Investigation Unit at 562-570-3086. Tipsters can also contact the SPCA Los Angeles or the Long Beach Police Department.
Donations for Chloe and other abused dogs can be made to Fix Long Beach at FixLongBeachPets.com.