HOUSTON – Want to hear something truly terrifying? Since the start of the pandemic, rates of animal cruelty have gone up a scary amount. But have no fear, one local dog named Bubbles and her human, Kylin Horton, are on a mission to raise awareness about both animal and domestic abuse.
Shortly after Hurricane Harvey, Horton and her family volunteered to assist Houston Pets Alive with the overwhelming amount of misplaced animals that were rescued during the flooding. During that time, they had their first encounter with Bubbles who was saved from a horrible case of animal cruelty.
“She was in a pretty bad shape,” said Horton. “She was very thin. She was missing her right eye. She had a head tilt, and she was having difficulty eating.”
They discovered that Bubbles' most critical injuries were due to her being shot in the head, which severely damaged her right eye and ear and shattered part of her jaw.
“It took about four surgeries before she was fully recovered,” said Horton. “It was an eye opening experience. Even though you may know that it happens, it was something to find out that it happened so often.”
Horton recalled that despite Bubbles' physical condition, she was never fearful of humans and had a very loving demeanor.