We adopted our little dog 4 years ago in December. We were told that she had been abused and neglected. There is little history on her, we think she is about 12 years old and we think she is a Maltese mix. She has the sweetest disposition. We took her to the vet for a checkup, she has a heart murmur, they took xrays to check her heart. Her heart is slightly enlarged, but can be managed with medication. The xrays also revealed that she has some fractured ribs that had healed over time, someone also had her debarked. I can't understand why someone would do that to any animal. Our dog is small, why not give an animal away instead of abusing it. Does anyone agree that we need stricter laws to protect animals? Actually abusers of animals should get the same treatment they mete out to animals.