• Event held to raise funds to help beaten puppy


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A community is coming together to help a puppy severely beaten and left to drown in a Charlotte pond just weeks ago.

    Two local groups teamed up Wednesday to raise money to help that puppy get major surgery.

    With a little hobble in her step, Lotus is enjoying the attention here at the NC Music Factory.

    The puppy is surprisingly friendly after the ordeal she went through last month.

    "She's the sweetest dog in the whole world. You would never think, in her short life of 5 months that she's been through what she has," said Allie Scott.

    Lotus was left with several injuries.

    "She has a fractured skull, she has broken vertebrae in her back, she has a broken front leg," Scott said.

    The dog's foster parents, Scott and Alan Soden, said Lotus will probably need to have her front leg amputated and she has a broken pelvis.

    Still, even after all that, they say she's a great dog.

    "You would think that after being treated so badly by people, she'd be hiding under the table, and cowering and snapping at people, but she's not at all. She's out trying to you know. She's super friendly, saying hi to everyone," Soden said.

    The event, called a Pawbrokers Party, had volunteers selling jewelry to help animals. Proceeds will go to the American Pit Bull Foundation to help Lotus get the surgeries she needs.

    "It's just never right, there's never anything that a puppy like Lotus could do to someone to rectify having something like that happen to her," said Sara Enos, founder of the foundation.

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