Abandoned puppy found in Atlanta with head fully covered in duct tape

A puppy was recently found on the side of a northwest Atlanta road with duct tape covering her entire face, eyes and neck, authorities said.

An officer responding to a call about “a black dog ... with tape around its mouth” found the puppy curled in a ball near Hollywood Road, according to a Feb. 25 incident report. The Atlanta Police Department officer noted that the “animal’s entire head was completely covered with a thick layer of silver duct tape starting from its neck to the very tip of its nose, preventing (her) from breathing at all.”

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The puppy was wearing a blue body harness and appeared to be in “good nutritional health,” but her “snout was completely covered and the dog appeared to not be able to” breathe, the report said. The officer removed some of the tape so the puppy could breathe again. Fulton County Animal Control arrived and said a veterinary physician would remove the rest of the tape, the report said.

The APD's Animal Cruelty Liaison Officer, a sworn police officer position created last year for investigating animal cruelty crimes, was notified. LifeLine Animal Project members, who named the seven-month-old puppy, Eve, said she's a "loving, happy puppy who is recovering well."

Eve will be placed with a rescue group because the organization feels she needs time with people experienced at handling dogs who have been through trauma before she’s adopted, according to spokeswoman Karen Hirsch.

“She basically needs to learn to trust again,” Hirsch said.

Anyone with information on the case may call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. All callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 if their tip leads to an arrest and indictment.

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