RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A cold and injured dog was found in Church Hill on Tuesday morning, according to Richmond Animal Care and Control.
"She was freezing and badly injured from what appears to be multiple bite wounds," RACC said on Facebook.
"Officer Jones scooped her up and transported to VVC, where the team was able to stop the hypothermia and safely sedate to begin cleaning her up. What they uncovered will require weeks of carefully managed wound care."
Christie Chipps Peters with RACC says the dog was found by a Good Samaritan on North 33rd Street.
"She was in the bushes laying there. She had been there all night. She was frozen," Chipps-Peters explained. "This really is one of the worst I have ever seen where the dog is still alive."
RACC has launched an investigation asking the community to come forward if they know who could be responsible for abandoning the dog. There are questions about whether or not she was used for dog fighting, based on her injuries.
"People need to be an advocate and if you see something say something," she said.
Chipps-Peters says this latest case of abuse comes at the end of a year that has seen double the number of convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in the city of Richmond.
"It's just a different level of aggression, sadly these animals fall victim too," said Chipps-Peters.
It is unknown if her eyes are salvageable and if her body will be able to fight the infection that has set in, according to RACC's Facebook page.
Chipps-Peters says the dog has developed an infection from the open wounds on her face and will need to undergo more surgeries, including one on Thursday.
There is hope in this devastating situation.
"It's the end of suffering for that animal and the beginning of the love they're going to receive at RACC," she explained.
Vets and RACC staff have named her Kenzie Rae. They say she is a 2-year-old pit mix with a kind demeanor. Chipps-Peters is hoping after more surgeries she can be placed in a foster home with someone who is able to care for her wounds as they heal on her face and body.
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Anyone who knows what happened can call RACC at 804-646-5573 or message RACC on Facebook.
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