From The News-Times
Authorities are searching for whoever cut the ears off a 9-month-old pit bull puppy found roaming in the Hull area in Madison County.
Colbert Animal Hospital veterinarian Gloria Andrews found the dog early Tuesday.
Andrews tells the Athens Banner-Herald the dog's ears appeared to have been hacked off by someone without any training, leaving raw wounds and protruding cartilage.
Andrews and her friends are offering a $1,200 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever mutilated the dog.
Andrews, who has been treating the dog, says she guesses that whoever cut the ears might have been trying to make the animal look like a ferocious pit bull. She estimates the dog is about 9 months old.
The Madison County Animal Control Department is also investigating.
Update July 8, 2011 - The following article is by Eve Chen, WXIA:
MADISON CO.: Pit bull puppy mutilated
A North Georgia veterinarian is spearheading an effort to find whoever cut the ears off a 9-month-old pit bull puppy found roaming in the Hull area of Madison County, outside Athens.
When she first saw the puppy, "He was very cowardly and timid," she said. "He's still a little intimidated and has an aversion to men."
She said the his ears appeared to have been hacked off by someone without any training, leaving raw wounds and protruding cartilage. She guessed whoever cut the dog's ears might have been trying to make him look like a ferocious pit bull.
Andrews and her staff have helped nurse the dog back to health. They operated on the dog Wednesday to repair his ears.
"He's doing very well," Andrews said. "If a person had had something like that done to them, they would be extremely aggravated. He came right up to me and was giving me kisses."
She said the puppy is in a foster home for now, but up for adoption to the right person.
"He has a good temperament," she said. "He just needs someone who knows what they're doing to help with the rest.
"At this point we're just working with him a little bit, doing a bit of training," she added. "He seems to like other dogs. He does eye cats and smaller dogs a little differrently. He seems most comfortable with the bigger dogs where he is right now."
In the meantime, she and her friends have helpd raise a $1,200 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever mutilated the dog.
The Madison County Animal Control Department is investigating.
Anyone interested in adopting the puppy should contact Colbert Animal Hospital at (706) 548-2233 or email@example.com.