Dog used as 'bait dog' now in recovery
Investigators in Anne Arundel County are working what they describe as one of the worst animal abuse cases they have ever seen.
Anne Arundel County Police Department on Wednesday said they responded last week to a call of an injured dog in Linthicum, Md.
On February 2, Animal Control responded to a report of an injured Pit Bull called in by a citizen. They found a severely injured dog and brought him back to the shelter. The staff decided he was either in need of humane euthanasia to stop his suffering or immediate veterinary attention.
The dog, now named “Rocky Road" for what he's been through, was so affectionate, workers asked Dr. Scott Anderson with Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital if he could treat him pro bono.
"He was going to die," Anderson said. "It took us about three hours of massive amounts of fluid and IV treatment to bring him back. He was in a tremendous amount of shock when he got here."
"Rocky Road" underwent surgery on February 3 and his condition has stabilized, Animal Control said.
After examining the dog's injuries, Animal Control and Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital staff confirmed that the injuries were consistent with injuries of a dog that was utilized as a "bait dog" to train other dogs to fight.
"Bait dogs are not expected to fight back," said Robin Small, an administrator with Anne Arundel County Animal Control. "They don't want an animal to be aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs and often times they use the sweet ones to teach the other ones to kill him."
Along with the wounds inflicted by other dogs, someone slashed Rocky with a knife in his right front leg before abandoning him.
Fred Bauer has lived on the block his entire life. He says he's never heard of dog fighting around here.
"This is a heavily traveled road," Bauer said. "Stuff like that, you know Linthicum used to be a neighborhood where everybody knew each other, but it's changed a lot."
The investigation is currently ongoing into how the dog sustained the injuries and who may be responsible.
The dog is expected to remain under veterinary care for a few weeks at Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital. Once the dog is medically ready, Tara's House, a private non-profit rescue group, has agreed to take "Rocky Road" into their rescue and screen potential adopters once the dog is ready.
Animal Control is actively seeking assistance from area veterinary hospitals that may be able to offer pro bono or reduced costs services to animals arriving at Animal Control that the shelter would typically be unable to provide the necessary care or services.
Anyone interested in helping can contact Animal Control at 410-222-8900.
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