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Wake SPCA Sets Up Fund To Help Abused Dog

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GARNER — A Garner dog, which was allegedly abused by its owner, continues to improve under the care of the Wake County SPCA.

Two-year-old Sydney, a Rottweiler-Beagle mix, suffered two fractures to her jawbone. Her owner, Brett Merrick, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty on Saturday. He was later released on bond.

Police say that neighbors saw Merrick cover the dog's head with a plastic bag and then jump up and down on her.

The fractures were not Sydney's only problem. The dog was covered with fleas and had a stomach full of parasites.

A bottle cap that was in the dog's stomach has beenremoved, but the SPCA is contemplating whether it should wire Sydney's jaw shut because of the complicated breaks in the dog's jaw.

Sydney is being given pain killers and has been treated for the fleas, according to Mondy Lamb of the Wake County SPCA.

If Merrick is convicted of the charges, the SPCA says it hopes to find Sydney a home where she will be treated with kindness, not cruelty.

The SPCA has started the


to help cover the cost of vet bills. To contribute, call at


or send donations to:

SPCA of Wake County 219-B Garner Business Court Garner, NC 27529

Please make checks payable to the SPCA of Wake County and write "Cruelty Fund" in the memo line.

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