“She basically needs to learn to trust again,” said Hirsch.
When police officers found her on the side of a northwest Atlanta road recently, the little black puppy in a blue body harness lay rolled up in a ball.
Someone had wrapped her entire head in duct tape. Her face, her eyes, her neck were covered with heavy, sticky tape.
The 7-month-old puppy struggled to breathe.
The Atlanta Police Department noted on Feb. 25 that her "entire head was completely covered with a thick layer of silver duct tape starting from its neck to the very tip of its nose, preventing (her) from breathing at all.”
The police officer removed enough of the tape so the puppy could breathe again, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. County animal services arrived and decided to let a veterinarian remove the rest of the tape from the dog's head.
After a few days of "love and care" from the LifeLine staff, "Eve is beginning to thrive," the group reported Monday. "Our shelter staff report that she is a loving, happy puppy who is recovering well in our care."
Angry comments have been left on the shelter's Facebook page as people vent about whoever did this.
"The human garbage who did that to this sweet little pup - I can't bear to think of what else they have done and what they're capable of doing. UGH," wrote one woman.
The person or people who did this to Eve have not been found yet, the shelter reported on Facebook.
Before she can be adopted she'll spend time with a rescue group because she needs to be with people experienced in handling traumatized dogs, LifeLine spokeswoman Karen Hirsch told the Journal-Constitution.