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Mike Ivey of Osborne Animal Clinic with the dog found in a trash bin with multiple injuries and a duct-taped muzzle. The dog had what appeared to be numerous bite wounds.
Duct-taped dog found in trash bin
Vet offers $500 for information; animal likely was bait for pit bull
By Paul Huggins
DAILY Staff Writer
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Osborne Animal Clinic has offered a $500 reward for tips leading to the arrest of whoever duct-taped a dog's mouth shut and tossed him in a commercial garbage bin.
The dog, a mixed breed shepherd suspected of being used for dog fighting, is still alive, but has multiple injuries to his face and legs and will need his right leg amputated.
Central Parkway Southwest
A citizen called Decatur Animal Shelter after spotting the dog poking his head out of a black garbage bag at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. The bag was in a trash bin on Central Parkway Southwest across from Wilson Morgan Park. Shelter employees retrieved the dog and took him to veterinarian Steven Osborne.
The dog's eyes were swollen and had what appeared to be many bite wounds about 48 hours old. The lower third of his right leg barely dangled by a piece of skin and had begun to rot.
The gruesome sight was even more disturbing to Osborne because it was the second time the city has found a dog wrapped in duct tape and a plastic bag since last summer.
The first dog, a bulldog mix, was found dead in a drainage ditch about a quarter mile from the one found Wednesday.
"They are so similar in so many ways, it just sets your imagination afire," Osborne said. "We found this dog and one in the ditch last summer. How many have we not found?"
Decatur Animal Shelter Director Danny Melson said he is working with police to find and prosecute the offender, but they have no suspects.
If found, the offender could face a first-degree animal cruelty charge, which is a Class C felony, Melson said.
Osborne couldn't rule out the possibility that the dog's injuries came from being struck by a vehicle, but the evidence that someone muzzled it with duct tape and tried to dispose of it secretly indicates foul play.
The dog likely is a "bait" dog used for training pit bull fighters, he said.
News reports compiled by the National Humane Society show the snouts of bait dogs are wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from injuring pit bulls being trained for fighting.
As for the injured dog's health, Osborne medicated the dog to relieve pain, and the dog behaved calmly and normally Wednesday afternoon.
Osborne said he will amputate and reconstruct the leg, but only if somebody qualified agrees to adopt the dog.
Anyone wishing to adopt the dog or add to the reward amount can call Osborne's clinic at 353-4339. Anyone with tips on the case can call Decatur police at 353-2515.
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