On Tuesday, a passerby in the 2600 block of West Kentucky Street, in Louisville, KY, placed a frantic call to Louisville Metro Animal Services that a Pit Bull was chained to a fence with his muzzle wrapped with duct tape and his body covered with puncture wounds and torn flesh.
The dog, who was later named Frodo, also had scars from what appeared to be previous fight wounds. Donald Robinson with Metro Animal Services said, "It was found with multiple injuries," according to WAVE13 News.
Animal activists believe it is a sign of a much bigger problem and said bite marks found on the dog are a sign of dog fighting.
Frodo was taken to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, where the rescue group called The Arrow Fund is paying for his care. He is resting comfortably but his back leg is so badly mutilated that it will have to be amputated, according to Lex18.com.
Rebecca Eaves of The Arrow Fund, said, "All indications are he's been thrown into a fight ring." A situation so violent, the dog’s teeth were dislodged and his mouth had to be re-attached. Each injury has been documented for court.
"Dog fighting is so rampant and people think it's not here, but it is here," Eaves explained, "It's a disturbing reality that humans can be so violent, and who knows what other abuses or crimes they're committing"
Louisville Metro Animal Services is pleading for help in the case from residents, who are bang asked to call in information and tips, Robinson said. "We want whoever is responsible for this particular heinous act and we want to make sure they're convicted."
The Humane Society of the United States offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting or cockfighting. If you have information about this case or any illegal animal fighting, you can call HSUS’ animal fighting tip line at 877-TIP-HSUS and your information
"Turn these people in," Eaves urged the community, "You need to be brave and take a stance because we're not safe on the streets with them out there doing this." Anonymous tips can be made to Metro Animal Services at (502) 363-6609.
Frodo has more surgeries ahead but, when he is strong enough to leave the Blue Pearl clinic, someone with the Arrow Fund who is experienced with caring for abused animals will take him home.
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