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Pup presses on

SHORT STACK:Standing only inches from the ground, Shorty the Corgi looks up into the camera to find the source of a mysterious clicking sound on Wednesday at Kem Road Animal Hospital.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

A puppy who police say was the victim of abuse last month is continuing to show improvement at the Kem Road Animal Hospital.

Shorty, a 21-week-old corgi, was the victim of abuse that resulted in brain damage and spinal injury.

Upon arrival in late March, the canine was unresponsive, according to Veterinary Assistant Jacque Fernandes. They placed Shorty on oxygen therapy, and within a day he began opening his eyes. After four days, he started eating again, but it wasn’t long after his signs of improvement that he started having seizures.

The animal hospital reached out to the Marion-Grant County Humane Society with assistance raising money for an MRI, since the dog had been surrendered by his previous owners. He needed to go a week without seizures for an MRI to be safe, and made it three days seizure-free before occurring once again.

He was transported to VCA Animal Hospital in Fishers for an MRI that revealed extensive damage in his brain, including fluid in the brain and a brain bleed.

“The MRI specialist just kept saying ‘There’s so much damage, there’s so much damage’ over and over during his appointment,” Fernandes said. “It’s hard to believe someone could do something like that to such a sweet little guy.”

Shorty has continued making strides. As of Wednesday, he was nearly a week seizure-free.

“We ask if he’s had a good day, which is a day without seizures, because we’re so afraid of jinxing him,” Shorty’s new owner, who wished to remain anonymous for her and Shorty’s sake, said. “So far he’s had almost a week of good days.”

Now on seizure medication and under 24-hour watch, the staff said they have remained “cautiously optimistic” for Shorty as he continues pressing on.