Beaten, dumped dog returns home
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JACKSON, Tenn. — A death defying dog, allegedly beaten and left for dead in a dumpster, has returned home. “Baby Boy,” nicknamed Winston Churchill by rescuers, was found two weeks ago with multiple injuries including severe head trauma, a dislocated hip and internal bruising. After spending days in the ICU at a Jackson veterinary office, Baby Boy is back with his owner, Billie Jo Ganow, in Bemis. “I’m just glad he’s home. I feel complete,” Ganow said. “I was so lost. I wasn’t even myself without him.” On Wednesday, the miniature poodle is playful. Ganow said since his weekend homecoming he’s acted almost exactly as he did before the alleged abuse. “He’s not barking as much as he used to,” she said. Ganow said since his return home Friday he hasn’t left her side. She suspects he broke loose from a running cable in the front yard before being beaten. She said she will no longer use the cable and won’t leave the poodle outside alone. “He’s not going to be out of my sight.” Animal Control investigators said they’ve turned their information over to the Jackson Police Department. JPD said via email that this is still an open case. No suspects have been charged or named pending the investigation, and it’s still unclear who may be responsible for apparent animal abuse to Baby Boy. “Baby Boy needs justice, and I’ll be happy as soon as they get him,” Ganow said. Community members like Dorothy Myers rooted for the pup’s recovery and say they’re thrilled to see him back in Bemis. “I think he’s happy to be back home too,” she said. Officials said Baby Boy’s vet bills totaled around $1,200, paid for largely by donations. Ganow said she signed a financial responsibility form and agreed to cover the cost of any future treatments but lives on a fixed income. Donations to help with future bills can be made to Bancorp South banks under the account name Ameia Lockett.