VANCOUVER — A Chilliwack woman is warning other dog owners to be vigilant after her two-year-old Siberian Husky went missing from her home and showed up the next morning battered and beaten on her driveway.
Lisa-Marie Shymkowich says her dog Sabre mysteriously disappeared from her yard around dinner time Tuesday, despite the gate being blocked by several heavy cinder blocks.
She and her husband spent several hours searching for Sabre but couldn’t locate him.
Shymkowich says the next morning she heard a vehicle pull up their home, slam the door and quickly leave. The vehicle was hidden behind several large hedges.
“I kept looking out the window but I couldn’t see anything,” says Shymkowich. “It wasn’t until my husband saw Sabre’s tail wagging from the driveway, that we noticed him.”
The couple found Sabre lying in the driveway, suffering from a broken right front paw and a three-inch long open laceration. His ribs were also fractured and his right testicle was ruptured and hanging from his groin.
Dr. Kuldeep Chahal of the Cheam View Veterinary Hospital says he doesn’t know what happened to Sabre because the dog’s injuries are all over his body.
“It’s hard to say if he was in an accident, because if that was the case, then the injuries should be in a certain area,” says Chahal. “It’s not like an injury from a fight because there are no teeth marks on the body.”
Sabre is still at the veterinary clinic and has already undergone more than four hours of surgery.
The injuries to Sabre come at very difficult time for the Shymkowich family as Lisa-Marie’s husband was laid off the day Sabre went missing. She says she is currently awaiting disability assistance for fibromyalgia.
Chahal says Shymkowich told him she only had $300, so he agreed to take care of the rest of the bill for Sabre’s injuries, at a cost of several thousand dollars.
Editor’s note: Since this story was first published, several people have contacted Global News to say that several members of the community in Chilliwack have made donations directly to the Cheam View Veterinary Hospital to cover Sabre’s vet bills.
This is the not the first time Sabre has gone missing. He was previously reported missing Oct. 10 but was found safe four days later.
Shymkowich says she has reported the incident to animal control officials and the Chilliwack RCMP.
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