‘He was tortured, he was severely abused,’ animal rescue group raises funds to help injured dog

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UPDATE: Hercules the dog now has a foster home to call his own as he recovers from surgery.

The dog was initially found injured with a broken tail and lost an ear.

Thanks to generous donations from the community many of his medical expenses have been covered.


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local animal rescue group is hoping to save the life of an injured dog, recently found with all the signs of being used as a bait dog for fighting.

Workers in an industrial area not far from the Las Vegas Strip discovered the bloodied and beat-up dog, crippled in an abandoned car seat.

Volunteers at Vegas Pet Rescue Project rushed the dog to Warm Hearts Pet Hospital for life-saving treatment.

Photo Credit: Vegas Pet Rescue Project

“He was starving, he was tortured, he was severely abused,” Dr. Inna Goncharov owner of the Warm Hearts Pet Hospital. “He was in really really bad shape, his face so swollen could not open his eyes
his ears are severely damaged.”

His body was ravaged with infection, and it’s suspected he was a bait dog because his ears were nearly chewed off, dehydrated, and underweight.

Photo Credit: Vegas Pet Rescue Project

X-rays revealed a screw in his stomach, and it turns out the dog is deaf.

“So he couldn’t even hear who was attacking him or understand why,” said Tina Hayes from the Vegas Pet Rescue project.

His rescuers believe the young albino pit bull likely suffered long-term abuse and then was dumped.

Hayes said the dog was found with the kind of collar that is typically used for chaining a bait dog up.

The dog is now resting and responding to care. He has been named Hercules in hopes that his strength will help him survive.

It’s going to be a long road to recovery. The non-profit appreciates prayers and donations.

If you would like to help donate to Hercules you can do so by donating directly to the Warm Hearts Pet Hospital by clicking HERE.

Hercules post-surgery has now found a foster home as he recovers.

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