New London Animal Control officials are searching for the person or people who left a dog for dead behind an abandoned property.
Animal Control officers said the dog, a 9-year-old pit bull who is being called Benedict, was found tied up behind a vacant house on Blinman Street around 1 p.m. on Wednesday after police received an anonymous emergency call.
Benedict has several open wounds on his body, bacterial infections and is missing an eye, officers said.
He has been taken to a veterinary hospital in Waterford, where he is on antibiotics and receiving treatment. Police said Benedict would have died if officers did not intervene.
New London Mayor Daryl Finizio said he hopes those responsible come forward.
"Animal cruelty is a crime," Finizio said. "And obviously if the person is identified, who did this, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Neighbors said they were disgusted by the animal cruelty.
"They should get in trouble for it there's no doubt about it because that's messed up," said Deyanira Shaw of Norwich. "All dogs have feelings."
Officials are hoping to find someone willing to take care of Benedict and help complete his vet care.
Anyone with information about how the dog got there or who is responsible is asked to call the New London Animal Control at 860-447-5231.
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