Breaking News
More () »

Previous owners of dog who suffered from heat exhaustion in Groves July 2022 fail to attend Thursday hearing

Shandra Rivera, who is currently fostering "Diesel", says when the pup arrived to her clinic, he was seizing and later developed third degree burns and blisters.

GROVES, Texas — A woman fostering a dog that suffered from heat exhaustion is one step closer to full ownership after the dog's previous owners failed to attend a hearing Thursday.

The hearing took place Thursday, March 30, 2023 at the Groves Municipal Court at 10 a.m. 

In July 2022, Practice Manager at Neighborhood Veterinary Clinic in Groves, Shandra Rivera, was working when "Diesel" the dog arrived to the facility.

Rivera tell 12News the dog was seizing and was in an active state of heat exhaustion due to being left outside for a unknown amount of time.

Diesel received care for his thermal burns which over time, developed into 3rd degree blisters and burns, according to Rivera.

Rivera says over 40% of Diesel's skin had to be removed, meaning he will have permanent scars. His tail also had to be amputated.

Only three months ago, Diesel was able to take off a full-body bandage.

Rivera had been fostering the pup for nine months. 

"I don't know I just fell in love with him when he came in," Rivera said. "They asked for a foster because boarding is expensive and they knew that his injuries were extensive and it was going to be a long road. I offered to foster."

Two-year-old Diesel has become a part of the team at the Neighborhood Veterinarian Clinic in Groves. 

"Every single staff member here loves him they've helped either with his therapy, with his hydro therapy, helped with bandage changes," Rivera said. 

After spending just five minutes with Diesel, Rivera says you forget all about the scars he carries. 

Now three surgeries later, Rivera is hoping to be his happy ending, but right now the city has taken Diesel under their care. 

On Thursday, Diesel's previous owners were called to attend a hearing in Groves, but didn't show up, according to Rivera.

Rivera says the judge ordered the previous owners to pay $11,800 for Diesel's vet bills.

The owners have ten days to appeal the case, but if they don't appeal within this time frame, Rivera has the opportunity to be granted full ownership of Diesel.

"If they don't do an appeal he will property of Mid County Paws of Hope, a local rescue here, and he'll be up for adoption and I'll adopt him," Rivera said. 

Diesel's previous owners could also still face animal cruelty charges. 

"If you don't want an animal, don't get one, if you can't take care of one, don't get one let others that can provide a good home take care of them they don't deserve this," Rivera said. 

GET NEWS & WEATHER ALERTS | Download the 12News App to your mobile device  

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information. 

Send us a news tip | Download our app | 12News “In the Know” newsletter 

Also on 12NewsNow.com… 

Before You Leave, Check This Out