AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Oakland County Animal Control is investigating a case of animal cruelty against a 10-month-old yellow Labrador puppy named Marley whose lower leg was missing its flesh, “leaving nothing but exposed bone,” according to a police report.

Police officers were looking into an unrelated matter at a Waterford Township home when they noticed the puppy’s injury.  According to police, Marley’s owner promised to seek treatment for the animal, but never went through with it.

Last Friday, police notified animal control officers who rushed Marley was rushed to emergency surgery at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center in Auburn Hills. There, his left front leg was amputated.

“This is an unspeakable act against a very sweet puppy,” said  veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Fortna. “Fortunately, the prognosis is good and Marley should make a full recovery in about two to three weeks.”

Marley, who is described as very social, great with kids, cats and other dogs, will be looking for loving new home once he heals. Those who wish to donate to help cover Marley’s surgery and care costs may call (248) 391-4100.  For more information, visit

Police wish to remind residents that if they see what appears to be an act of animal abuse, please report it.


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