Dog gets forever home after being sexually abused with a broom

Huggles has been adopted and is heading home after being sexually assaulted with a broom handle. (ABC7/ Ryan Hughes)

Two weeks after undergoing life-saving surgery, Huggles is on the road to recovery.

"Her coat looks great and her incision site has healed beautifully," said Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Burke Animal Clinic.

ABC7 News first told you about Huggles last week. Her story had dozens of people come forward wanting to adopt the Beagle, and she is now headed to her forever home.

On Thursday morning, ABC7 News was invited inside Burke Animal Clinic as Huggles underwent a post-op visit.

Dr. Johnson said the seven-year-old dog has made a full recovery and survived the worst case of abuse she's ever seen.

"We were all shocked when we did the surgery and found out what the problem actually was," Johnson said.

Huggles was found in Isle of Wight County, near Virginia Beach, a few weeks ago, and she brought to Homeward Trails in Fairfax County. Doctors said she was sexually abused with a broom, and the plastic handle got stuck inside her body.

"When I got Huggles a month ago, there were points when I wasn't sure she was going to make it," said Shelly de Souza, who has been fostering the dog ever since.

It was a bittersweet day for de Souza. Huggles had been adopted, and on Thursday she headed to a new home.

"We'll miss her a lot, but it's a very happy ending for a very sad story," de Souza said. "She’s going to be real close to the Potomac River, so she went from rags to riches in a matter of a month."

Huggles found a new home, but so many animals never get that chance. Homeward Trails hopes her story can help make a difference.

"Although shelters may be better than where they came from originally, they're not as good as a home, and every dog deserves a chance," said Mark Goodhart, with Homeward Trails.

Investigators in Isle of Wight County said tips have come in, and a reward has swelled to $10,000 for information to help catch the suspect.

"Somebody knows something and we're just hoping someone speaks up," de Souza said.

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