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Beaten Border Puppy Celebrates First Birthday

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August 21, 2009

Spirit, a 10-week-old puppy that was savagely beaten at the Mexican border one year ago is now celebrating her first birthday in the custody of her adopter.

(Pictured at right: Spirit napping in her comfortable new home.)

Border cameras caught images of Spirit being thrown over a border fence by a man and then beaten with closed fists. The man fled back into Mexico and was never found.

Immediately after the incident, County Animal Services took custody of the puppy, treated her for multiple fractures and later placed her in a new home. The public’s outrage was displayed in numerous national stories with continued follow-up on Spirit’s condition and rehabilitation.
“It is truly amazing to see the love that Spirit has for all people considering the horrific suffering she endured at the hands of one person,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of Animal Services.

(Pictured at left: Spirit in medical care, shortly after being rescued as a puppy.)

In addition to her birthday party, there will also be a fundraiser for the “Spirit Medical Fund,” a fund named after Spirit to help other stray and homeless animals that are in need of extensive veterinary care, beyond what County Animal Services can afford.

The celebration of Spirit’s birthday will be held at the adopter’s place of business, “The Original Paw Pleasers,” located at 2525 University Avenue in San Diego on Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information regarding animal cruelty investigations or adoptions, contact the Department of Animal Services at (619) 236-4250 or visit

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