SASKATOON – Four weeks after suffering serious injuries, a pit bull is back at home. Heroic Henry, whose real name is Axel, suffered the injuries after being dragged behind a minivan near Lenore Drive and Silverwood on Sept. 20.
Witnesses said the leash attached to a rear trailer hitch broke, freeing the canine. Patrol officers rushed the badly injured dog to a veterinary clinic.
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Axel was in rough shape, but the Western College of Veterinary Medicine nursed him back to health, assisted by donations which poured in to the Saskatoon SPCA to help the owners cover the tab.
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“When the investigation started there was some confusion about who the rightful owners were,” said Saskatoon police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser.
“The rightful owners were identified and they were able to take the dog home this weekend. It also was determined through the investigation that they were not responsible for the incident or the harm caused to the dog.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing and animal cruelty charges are a possibility. It is believed there were two people in the minivan, a Caucasian man and woman.
The minivan did not stop and was last seen travelling northbound on Wanuskewin Road. The vehicle was described as being dark in colour.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Wendy Winiewski contributed to this story