Butch: The dog who wouldn't die
When a group of campers arrived at Sugar Pine Reservoir, outside of Foresthill, CA on Friday,
September 14th they never guessed that the gunshots they heard upon arriving would link
them to dog named Butch, who had been tied to a tree, beaten, shot in the face, then left to
The Bay Area campers thought they were hearing target practice. Shortly after that, they began
hearing a dog barking and crying. Thinking it was just another camper’s dog, they ignored the
cries. For 2 days they could hear the forlorn cries of the animal.
Upon packing up to leave on Sunday, one of the campers named Jaycene resolved to not leave
until the animal was located. She called out for him, and finally the dog answered her calls.
What she found shocked her and immediately brought her to tears.
In the brush was a medium sized fluffy brown dog. It was clear he had sustained serious
injuries, blood was plastered all over his face, and he was unable to walk. He had been tied to
the tree since she had arrived Friday.
Jaycene loaded the dog into her car and drove him to her friend Catherine in Pinole, 140 miles away, who then rushed him to the Pinole Vet Clinic. Once there the vet confirmed the worst. In addition to what must have been a terrible beating, Butch had been shot in the face multiple times with a pellet gun.
His jaw was broken, and parts of the bone are missing, and his toes on one foot were broken. He had a raging infection in his mouth from the days spent in the woods without treatment. Whoever did this to the dog must have thought he had succeeded in killing him, but Butch had another plan, SURVIVE.
Butch, renamed Frankie, is now staying with Catherine, and when the infection clears he will go
to UC Davis Vet Facility for specialized and very expensive reconstructive surgery for his jaw.
Hopefully all will go well, and the dog will have his health restored and become adoptable. It is
uncertain if his spirit will be restored, as Catherine reports that Butch cringes whenever she
enters the room holding anything in her arm. His scars are both physical and mental for the
Scooters Pals, a Nevada County “last chance” rescue at one time adopted Butch out, a dog they
remember as middle aged, a sweet calm dog with waning eyesight. They micro chipped him at
that time. They were contacted when the vet scanned the dog for a chip. Susan Wallace,
founder of the rescue called this “every rescuers worst nightmare, to have a dog we rehomed
suffer in this way.” While the details of what exactly happened are unknown, Ms. Wallace is
hoping that the person who did this to Butch will be found and prosecuted. The task at hand is
finding a way to pay for the surgery.
If you feel you can help Butch, you are encouraged to send any amount you can to Scooters Pals,
PO Box 1687, Cedar Ridge, Ca 95924 or go to Scooterspal.org and use any of our payment
options. A special fund has been set up for his needs.