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Sunny Sunny

BELOIT (WKOW) -- It's a remarkable story of recovery.

Sunny the dog is making great strides, after she was burned all over her body when authorities say her owner left her in a scalding hot shower.

The 11-month old lab mix is finally able to take visitors at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin in Janesville.

She's been living with her foster mom, Jennefer Lueck.

"It's pretty amazing. We didn't think that it would go this quick. We thought it was gonna be months and months of pretty horrific changes going on with her," says Lueck.

Lueck says if Sunny chooses to stay with her family, she will adopt the dog.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- A page has been set up to raise money for a dog that is recovering after being severely burned by scalding water.

Sunny, an 11-month-old lab mix, faces months of expensive surgeries and recovery, according to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

Cody Allan Sholes of Beloit, faces a felony charge of animal mistreatment for putting Sunny in a tub Dec. 8, 2017, in Beloit and leaving the dog under a boiling hot shower, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Rock County District Attorney's office.

The page was set up by the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. As of Friday afternoon, Dec. 22, 2017, people had donated more than half of the $5,000 goal.

In the description they write, "With severe burns over her face, neck and back, she has been in the care of veterinary team and we're hopeful about her future.  She'll be in our care for months during this recovery and your donations help our nonprofit shelter give her the extensive care she needs to get well."

Sholes appeared in Rock County court Friday, Dec. 15, where a judge set a $2,000 bond. His next appearance is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2018, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Sholes told police he had earlier turned the water heater up to the highest temperature because the water in the apartment was cold.

Investigators say Sholes told them the dog urinated and defecated inside the apartment, so he put the dog in the tub under the shower but didn't realize how hot the water was before he left the bathroom to care for a child, according to the criminal complaint.

Sholes then told investigators he heard Sunny yelping and crying from the bathroom and that he then found Sunny lying in a pool of water in the tub with the water still running on her from the shower.

Sunny eventually was brought to a relatives house where police were called. Responding officers said the dog had exposed tissue on its head and exposed tissue on both ears, among other burn injuries, according to the complaint.

A human society veterinarian interviewed by police said that in her three years she had never seen such severe injuries caused by hot water on an animal.

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