Princess (Photo courtesy of Hamden Patch)
Hamden Animal Control officers were called to the aid of a Terrier mix named Princess. When they arrived on the scene they found Princess, was stabbed a total of 29 times in the chest, stomach and neck. They found her lying in the middle of the driveway. She had already lost a lot of blood and was having trouble breathing because of air that had entered the chest cavity from the stab wounds inflicted by her owner. Animal Control rushed her North Haven Animal Hospital early Wednesday afternoon to see Dr. Wells and his staff in hopes they could save her life. It took time before she was stable enough for her to be taken into surgery to clean up her stab wounds and look at the damage. Princess was stabbed multiple times and the only thought when she arrived was to do anything possible to help her.
The dog’s owner, Alexander Bernard, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals with $10,000 bail. He told police that no one in his family like the dog and had been giving him a hard time about her, so he decided to stab her. He will most likely loose custody of Princess but that will be determined by the court and and Animal Control. Since her story broke though there have been a ton of people calling the vet and asking to foster her while she heals or adopt her and care for her like the Princess she is.
For now the vet has decided to accept the offers of donations so that local taxpayers don’t have to pay the bill to help treat Princess. North Haven Animal Hospital has said that any money collected that exceeds Princess’s bills will be used to replenish their emergency fund which will now be named after this strong little girl “The Princess Fund,” and be used for other emergencies like hers.
If you would like to make a contribution to Princess’s medical bills can send it to “The Princess Fund,” North Haven Animal Hospital, 386 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473. Checks should be made out to the hospital with “Princess Fund” written in the memo line.
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