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Severely injured dog found abandoned in crate

Posted at: 12/05/2012 12:18 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2012 6:21 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

Humane Society investigators are trying to figure out who abandoned a severely injured pit bull. The dog was found near train tracks in the city.  Police say the animal may have been involved in dog fighting.

The 1-2 year old female pit bull is in a lot of pain and investigators say her injuries are consistent with being in a fight. Although they can't say for sure.

The dog was rushed to Lollypop Farm after a passerby called Animals Services Tuesday. She was found in a dog cage near the train tracks by the intersection of Silver and Madison Streets. Officers say the cage was covered in blood. The dog has lacerations and puncture wounds to her face, a torn ear, and injuries to her leg that make it hard to walk right now.
     
Veterinarians at Lollypop are doing everything they can to make her comfortable and say she has a very loveable demeanor.  She's not available for adoption right now. She still has a lot of recovering to do.  Animal cruelty investigator Reno DiDomenico says it angers him to see people just dump animals that could be helped.

DiDomenico said, “It's kind of consistent with animal fighting to dump a dog. Even though we can't say this was an organized animal fight. But people.. It's really common for people to abandon their animals and dump them.”

Right now, investigators don't know where the dog came from or who left her there, but abandoning a pet is a misdemeanor in New York State.  You can get up to a year in jail and or a $1,000 fine. If you recognize the dog or know anything investigators ask that you call them at 223-6500.