HOUSTON -- The Houston SPCA was investigating a horrific case of animal cruelty and asking the public for help in identifying a suspect or suspects.

A tiny visually-impaired, seven-week old Chow mix puppy suffering from gaping, maggot-infested wounds was found whimpering in the bushes at the Starbucks at the intersection of Kingwood Dr. and Green Oaks Dr. in Houston on Monday. It's gaping. It's really, really deep and it was covered in maggots, said SPCA Vice-President of Animal Welfare Tara Yurkshat.

Someone left a harness tightly strapped to the puppy s body which became deeply embedded in her skin.

Very severe wounds, said Dr. Cheryl Hoggard of the Houston SPCA. Very deep wounds that cut into her, actually into her muscle, through the skin and into her muscle tissue.

The puppy was rushed to the shelter where the Houston SPCA veterinary team continues to administer pain medication, antibiotics and delicate wound cleanings to get the puppy on the road to recovery.

The Houston SPCA staff named the puppy Sapphire because she has one blue eye.

She was not available for adoption because of the severity of her injuries.

The Houston SPCA team was optimistic about her chances for a full recovery and said it will take time and probably additional surgeries before she is completely healed.

Anyone with information on a suspect or suspects is asked to call the Houston SPCA at 713-869-7722 or file an online cruelty report here.

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