Update: 10:50 Aug 9 – From Bill Wise, Walton County Animal Control
UPDATE: TLC rescue is taking the pit bull!!! We are transporting him now to Bold Springs Vet. Donations for his care can be made to this rescue. https://www.facebook.com/TLCPetRescuenonprofit/ ; http://tlcpetrescue.wix.com/tlc-pet-rescue-
Update: 10:13 Aug. 9
Walton County Animal Control Director Bill Wise said he found two very deep wounds up near the dogs shoulder blades with considerable maggot infestation so he is now not 100 percent on his original “road rash” theory. However, the dog will be seen by Monroe Veterinary Clinic at 1 p.m. today for an exam to get their opinion on the cause and mostly for their opinion on required treatment. If someone wishes to donate toward this exam they can call 770-267-3690.
“I don’t know if they were made deeper from the maggot activity, or if they were caused by some wound or injury. (perhaps he was either bitten by another dog, or shot, and the wound not treated),” Wise said, adding he wants to hear the veterinarians opinion, but he feels confident that the dog was not set on fire. He also believes that the egging was possibly from the fly eggs encrusted all around the wound. He said the treatment would not begin until a rescue comes forward, hopefully today, so anyone wishing to donate to the rescue that saves him can contact Wise direct through his email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday evening, a severely injured pit bull limped into the back yard of Monroe resident Nicole Ashley. He was in a pitiful condition with what she believe were burns on his skin, the wounds covered in flies and maggots and his skin falling off.
They initially believed that the injuries were deliberately inflicted on the dog. She, her husband and brother-in-law immediately did everything they could to help him as they waited for animal control to pick him up.
“I sat there petting a dog who was crying in pain, shaking maggots on me every time he shook to get the flies off. I just held him & told him he was a good boy,” Ashley said on a post she put on Facebook with a picture of the injured dog. “I’ve never in my life seen something so horrid. I cried as I watched them load him in the back of an animal control truck.”
Ashley shared the post on Walton County Ga’s Facebook page and it immediately took off with many people weighing in, not just on the cruelty inflicted on the dog, but on hopes that it survived the night and wanting to help in its rescue. This morning, Walton County Animal Control Director Bill Wise responded, saying it did survive the night, but that he believed the injuries could have been the result of it being hit by a car.
“The dog is an intact male chocolate pit bull about 4 years old. He wears a choke collar but no tag or microchip. There is a large patch of sloughed skin on his back with infection and maggots. I also noticed some bruising under one forearm. I am not a veterinarian, but from 20 years’ experience in this field, my first thoughts are this dog was hit by a car and rolled, causing ‘road rash’ on his back. However, there also is unfortunately a ‘home remedy’ to use ‘burned motor oil’ as an ointment to treat mange; we have seen many times where people ignorantly try this method, and instead of using ‘burned motor oil, they use ‘hot’ motor oil, thus causing burning and scars on the dog,” Wise said. “After the initial injury, whichever it may have been, he was then either stray a for a period of time for the maggots to develop, or was not treated by the owner and then possibly dumped. The photos clearly show that no hair has been singed or burned. The hair is blackened around the wound, but most likely from coagulated blood and from the running infection.”
Wise said the bruising under one arm supports the assumption that the dog may have been hit by a car. However, with an already full shelter, and no veterinarian on staff, a rescue needed to step up quickly or the dog would indeed have to be put down.
The good news is, as soon as the word got out, a rescue did indeed step up and plans were made to transport the dog to an animal hospital for treatment. In the meantime, Wise said he would be giving the dog a bath and getting the maggots out of the wound.
Anyone who wants to help with donations can click on this link and donate to Walton County Animal Control, noting it is for the injured pit bull that was brought in on Monday night. Once the name of the rescue and veterinarian are confirmed, this will be updated to give details for donations that can be made directly for the dog’s care.
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