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Limestone deputies look for answers in animal abuse case

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Photo courtesy : Town & Country Animal Hospital Photo courtesy : Town & Country Animal Hospital
Dr. John Hammons Dr. John Hammons
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Limestone County Sheriff's Deputies are looking into a possible case of animal abuse and neglect on the western side of the county.

On Monday night, a good Samaritan brought a badly injured pit bull into the Town & Country Animal Hospital in Athens. According to Dr. John Hammons, the animal was about 5-10 pounds underweight, and bore the scars consistent with dog fighting. "Due to the wounds on the neck, head, face and front legs, she appears to be an intact female, so she was probably used as a bait type dog for enticing others to fight."

The dog was weighed down by a 20 pound rusted chain, padlocked to her neck and tied to a wooden pole. "This chain was tightly adhered to the pet's neck." Dr. Hammons told WAFF. "It had cut into the neck, causing severe problems on into the muscle." Dr. Hammons and the other staff at the animal hospital carefully removed the chain and treated the wounds. They also took care of an intestinal parasite.

"This pet does appear to be very person friendly. We've had no problems here at the animal hospital." said Dr. Hammons.
At this time, it's unclear if the dog will be adopted out. For now, she needs to be kept at the hospital as Limestone County investigators try to piece together what happened.

"She's a great pet at this point and we hope to return her to a good life with a normal adopting family later." 

Meanwhile, the California based "In Defense of Animals" group has posted a $1,500 reward for he arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

If you have any information, call the Limestone County Sheriff's Department, or Town & Country Animal Hospital at (256) 232-0698.

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