Beau's smile is all about the journey.
"He's thriving very well right now," said his owner, Kat Burke.
Two years ago, Beau had been dropkicked, punched, and bashed with water bottles.
His injuries were so awful, a leg had to be amputated.
"I got a call from a family member saying Beau's leg, something was wrong with it," Burke said.
Burke called the SPCA of Tampa Bay hotline to report possible abuse.
Pinellas Park Police arrested Todd Walker, her own nephew.
Last week, a judge gave Walker five years for animal cruelty.
The SPCA gave her a $500 check -- thanks for speaking up for those who can't speak for themselves.
"Look for things that don't seem quite right," said Martha Bowden, the CEO of the SPCA of Tampa Bay. "If an animal has a broken bone frequently, or there's a wound that's not healing, or maybe it's not in the right caging, if it's caged a lot, or maybe it's not at the right weight, really thin, contact us."
Kat says all $500 will be spent on Beau. She adopted him after reporting the abuse.
"He is getting along great with the missing limb. He's healthy, he has a very good appetite."
The journey, for Beau, isn't over. But he sure has come a long way.
If you suspect animal abuse, call the Tampa Bay SPCA cruelty investigation hotline at 727-586-3592.
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