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Ms. Pegram said she was “hoping we can get her back.”

“Right now the key is getting that dog back on the road to recovery, getting her fixed up and working with the U.S. Attorney’s office about filing criminal charges.”

No charges had been filed against Mr. Pegram by Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman with the attorney’s office.

Mr. Giacoppo said because of the severity of the crime, “we may be able to go for a felony charge, which carries up to five years [in prison].”

Mr. Giacoppo said Coco’s surgery and treatment cost about $3,000, including drains for the wounds, antibiotics and pain medicine.

“As far as we know, she’s just healing up right now,” he said.

A fund was established through the Humane Society’s website to raise money to cover Coco’s medical bills. Additional money will be set aside for future emergency treatment for other animals.