Police say they found a dog with three broken legs and trauma to the head, and now the woman who they say is responsible is facing a felony.
On April 25, the El Paso Police Department responded to a call to assist an animal control unit. It was then when they found 4-month-old pit bull Maggie Grace badly beaten.
Veterinarian James James Koschmann is the doctor who saw Maggie. He says she came in with three fractured limbs, a fractured elbow, and fractured knees. In a police report it says Maggie was also found with fluid in the lungs and trauma to the head.
“Even when she came to us and she was so injured, so was giving everybody kisses, even though she was in extreme pain from having three of her legs fractured,” says Brandy Gardes the director emeritus at From the Heart Rescue. From the Heart Rescue was contacted by authorities to assist with Maggie’s recovery.
Gardes says Maggie was reportedly beaten on two occasions by her owner Anicia Milner. According to Gardes, Milner allegedly threw Maggie against the wall in March, and then brutally beat her in April. Police and the animal control unit investigated the incident. Milner is now facing animal cruelty charges.
“Animal services when they seized the dog, wanted the best for this little pup, and reached out to us and they’ve been very instrumental in trying to stop some of the animal abuse in El Paso,” Gardes says.
Since the incident, Maggie has had two surgeries to repair her fractured legs and is now recovering in a foster home. But the vet says Maggie still needs more surgery, leg braces, and time to heal.
“It’s just going to take several months of rehabilitation, and starting to walk, learning to walk again,” Koschmann says.
Gardes hopes Maggie’s story will bring awareness to the issues of animal cruelty in the city. “Animal abuse leads to child abuse, to human abuse, it’s a pre-curser, and our concern is that if someone will do something like this to a puppy what are they going to do to another human?,” she says.
Koschmann estimates Maggie’s full recovery is going to take about two to three months and will cost around $7,500.
To make a donation for Maggie Grace’s medical procedures: https://www.youcaring.com/maggie-grace-564730
Interested in adopting Maggie, Contact Brandy Gardes: firstname.lastname@example.org