An animal shelter in Branford is caring for a pit bull terrier mix that showed up with wounds significant with those from dog fights.
The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter posted to Facebook nearly a dozen photos of the dog it named "Freedom," and many of them are graphic.
The shelter said Freedom was dropped off at the shelter on Thursday morning.
The shelter said it appears Freedom was used as a bait dog because of the type of wounds he suffered. He was said to have been very bloody when he first arrived at the shelter.
"Freedom came about because it was the day after July 4th and because we realized kind of quickly that he was probably used as a bait dog," Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Director Laura Burban said.
It said the initial claim was that the dog was found in Branford. However, that may not be the case.
Freedom had no tags, no collar, no chip and had not been neutered. The shelter said the vets estimated his age to be between 5 and 7 years old. The vets also said he's about 10 to 15 pounds under weight.
"He definitely looks like a happier dog as opposed to even last night where he was very shaky and crying because of the pain," Burban said.
The Branford Veterinary Hospital was able to perform some surgery on Freedom to save his ears and to flush out his wounds, the shelter said.
"He will go through the rehabilitation phase and then we will start to evaluate him as far as his personality what's going to be the best type of a home for him," Burban said.
Freedom has shown signs of improving and should be back at the shelter on Monday. But, it will take a while before Freedom is fully recovered.
Officials at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter promised to post updates on his condition.
Officials at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter said it was going to find Freedom a home as soon as he's ready.
Anyone with information is asked to call Branford Animal Control at 203-315-4125 or the Branford Police Department at 203-481-4241
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