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Burned Dog Needs Help



    Waterbury police found a pit bull mix severely burned and alone in a lot on Hopkins Street. Rescuers call the dog Precious and veterinarians say she needs your help to make a full recovery. (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013)

    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:

    Precious Fund
    c/o Halfway Home
    P.O. Box 712
    North Haven, Connecticut 06473


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