Waterbury Police are investigating a disturbing case of animal abuse after finding a dog severely burned in a parking lot.
Animal control officers found Precious, a 1-year-old pit bull mix, around 9 p.m. on Monday after receiving a call saying the dog was there and needed treatment.
The dog was laying underneath a bush in a little bit of snow in an empty lot on Hopkins Street.
"When we picked it up, we found the entire underside of the dog -- it looked like it may have been burned. Maybe a chemical burn," Sgt. Renee Harvey, of the Waterbury Police Department, said.
Officials think the dog suffered a severe case of mange and someone tried to treat it, but it made the situation worse.
"Possibly somebody tried to treat it and it was kind of a treatment gone wrong,” Harvey said.
Precious didn't have any tags on.
“We checked it for a microchip and there's nothing there and unfortunately we get a lot of these cases,” Harvey said. “It's really difficult to try to track down an owner or somebody responsible."
Veterinarians are confident Precious will make a full recovery, but treatments take a lot of time and require a lot of money.
Halfway Home, a North Haven-based rescue group, has taken over financial responsibility for Precious’ medical care.
If you would like to make a donations, make it to:
c/o Halfway Home
P.O. Box 712
North Haven, Connecticut 06473