Abused pregnant pit bull rescued in south suburb dies - KMSP-TV

Abused pregnant pit bull rescued in south suburb dies

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PARK FOREST, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A pregnant pit bull that was rescued after she was hit by a car and abused in south suburban Park Forest died Sunday.

Three-year-old pregnant pit bull Petunia was rescued two weeks ago after she was found walking down the street with fractured teeth and burns on her body, according to the Facebook page Mama Petunia, which has more than nine thousand followers.

"It's a Pittie" pit bull rescue group took Petunia in and took her to a veterinarian in Monee, volunteer Jamie Skraban said.

Veterinarians determined Petunia was hit by a car but cannot account for her burns.

Petunia gave birth to ten puppies on Friday, Skraban said. Five of the puppies were stillborn and five were live births. The five healthy puppies are now with a foster, where they are being bottle-fed.

Petunia underwent hydrotherapy for her burns and was treated with antibiotics, but she died early Sunday, Skraban said.

"At 5:15 a.m. I crossed Rainbow Bridge (went home to be with the Lord). My heart stopped beating. The Doctors performed CPR and massaged my heart. My body was tired," Mama Petunia's Facebook page said.

Park Forest police were not available for comment Sunday night.

"It's not fair that she didn't make it and five puppies died because of the abuse," Skraban said.

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