Police: Noblesville man beat dog into critical condition

Theodore Harris, Jr. (Noblesville Police Department)
Dog Recovering After Severe Abuse
Animal cruelty arrest
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Harlow has had multiple surgeries and medical bills totaling more than $9,000. (WTHR STAFF)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — A man has been arrested for a case of animal cruelty that was so bad, the dog is still in critical condition nearly a month later.

Noblesville Police say Theodore Harris, Jr., 62, was seen in the parking lot of a Village Pantry on Westfield Road, beating and kicking a dog on April 3.

Before police arrived, the man drove off.

He was later reported at the All-Star Veterinary Clinic in Westfield.

Police interviewed more witnesses and turned the case over to prosecutors.

On April 29, Harris was arrested on two counts of cruelty to animal.

The dog, Harlow, is still at the clinic in critical condition, even after multiple surgeries.

The clinic was ready when Harlow arrived.

“I received a call that there was a dog coming in that had received some trauma,” said Dr. Ashley Dudley of the All-Star Clinic.

Soon as her doctor opens the puppy’s kennel, Harlow is following her nose.

“She’s very treat-motivated. And very people-motivated too,” says Dudley.

The patient, a year old, is a survivor. Friendly to strangers, even after all she’s been through.

“Large area wounds extending from her skin, sometimes down into her muscle layer. I can’t necessarily say what those ones are indicative of,“ Dudley said.

Police say the wounds were intentionally inflicted by Harris, the dog’s owner.

“It covered about 70% of her body, is my estimation. The majority of the wounds that she had were quite large in nature.”

Large area of exposed skin and muscle where the outer coat was missing. Harlow has had two surgeries to close the wounds. She may need a third, but she’s healing well.

“She has been a remarkably strong-willed little girl. She is extremely happy, she is very vibrant,” says Dr. Dudley.

With Harris under arrest, Harlow is in a foster home with the help of the Hamilton County Humane Society. Her medical bills are about $9,000.

“It’s a terrible thing,” says Mike Welch, who was parked in the spot where Harlow was beaten. He takes both his dogs to work every day. When he heard about Harlow’s owner’s alleged actions he just said “they’re not right. I’ve had animals all my life and they don’t know no better. They’re the innocent ones.“

You can help with Harlow’s life-saving medical bills. There’s a GoFundMe account set up in her name.

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