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Good morning everyone! Holly and I are up bright and early. Do you see how wonderful her walking is to just come outside to go potty!? (She IS potty trained!) Holly had a bad evening last night and she couldn't walk, not even in circles. We think her bad night was pain related but she goes to the vet today and Dr. Heller can fix her up with some meds to help with the pain! I'm happy that she walked well this morning but she's up panting and shaking again this morning, hoping she will settle down before the vet appointment just to stay comfortable

Posted by Krista Snyder on Friday, May 22, 2015

Middletown dog, cat recovering after attack

(PHOTO: Facebook/ Joseph's Legacy) (PHOTO: Facebook/ Joseph's Legacy)
"She's smiling because she knows she is safe and loved," the rescue organization captioned this photo. (Josephs Legacy) "She's smiling because she knows she is safe and loved," the rescue organization captioned this photo. (Josephs Legacy)
Holly undergoes acupuncture at a Middletown vet clinic. (FOX19 NOW) Holly undergoes acupuncture at a Middletown vet clinic. (FOX19 NOW)
Nicholas the cat (Source: JL After Hours) Nicholas the cat (Source: JL After Hours)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

The dog who police say was beaten by a group of kids underwent surgery on Friday morning and is improving.

Holly the Maltese suffered a broken jaw, teeth and head injuries in the alleged attack. Veterinarians initially doubted the dog would survive, but she is making a day-by-day recovery, according to Josephs Legacy Rescue shelter.

Middletown Police contacted the shelter earlier this week when they found the injured dog. The group of kids had reportedly fled by the time officers arrived.

Community members set up a GoFundMe page to raise reward money to help find the suspects. Donations to the page have capped off at $1,030.

Veterinarians estimate Holly is between six and eight years old. 

Before her laser surgery on Friday, Holly had an uncomfortable night but was able to walk on her own in the morning. The dog also received acupuncture treatment at All About Pets in Middletown.

“She says last night was RUFF but she is doing better this morning,” an update posted to Josephs Legacy's Facebook page reads. The shelter has set up a fundraising account to help with medical bills.

Police also confirmed for us that a cat, which they've named Nicholas, has also been taken to Josephs Legacy, appearing to have been badly beaten and burned.

Josephs Legacy says Nicholas' health is improving each day and are  waiting for his health to improve before they can sedate him and remove the tumor, neuter him and completely check out his mouth.

No word yet whether investigators believe these two incidents are connected.

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