A pup that was scarred when someone branded an obscene word into its skin will receive plastic surgery from the Lexington Humane Society this week.
Felicity, an 8-month-old pitbull mix, was brought in this month with scars that form a four-letter word on her hindquarters, said Lt. Lee Agee, cruelty investigator with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control.
An animal control officer found the dog tied to a fence in front of a residence on Campbell Street, he said.
A neighbor had seen the dog tied without food or water and called police to complain.
Agee said the resident of the home said they didn't own any dogs.
"It seemed like it was abandoned," Agee said.
After the dog was brought in, the scarring and scabby areas on her hindquarters were found.
The obscenity is thought to have been burned into Felicity with some kind of chemical.
But thanks to a Lexington Humane Society program called Second Chances, she won't bear the curse word forever.
The program provides funding to help animals that have suffered "extreme circumstances," said Madison Carey, development director for the humane society. She said the fund helps hundreds of animals each year and has been "severely depleted" from a multitude of recent cases, from hoarding to abuse.
Although the wounds from the branding have healed, Felicity is scheduled to have plastic surgery to remove the word this week.
"That way, she won't be defined by the scar," Carey said.
She and Agee said this is the first time they have seen a case like this one.
"It had to be brutal," Carey said. "Having to think about how they held her down and branded her is absolutely horrible."
It will be at least a few weeks before Felicity has recovered from the surgery, but she is expected to be able to be adopted.
"She is so sweet and so accepting of people," Carey said. "I think she knows that we're helping her. She really deserves a loving forever home."
Agee said animal control has canvassed the neighborhood around Campbell Street in search of information about Felicity's abuser, but so far there have been no concrete leads.
"I'm not sure that we'll ever be able to figure out who did it," he said.