YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Animal Charity of Ohio is caring for a dog that workers think could have been part of a dog fighting ring.
They say the Youngstown Police Department asked them to pick up the dog, named Bubbles, after it wandered onto a porch on the city’s south side on Sunday.
Volunteers noticed the dog was not using his tongue and discovered that its tongue was gone.
“We thought it was cut out, we’re still not sure at this point,” said Animal Charity Board President Mary Louk.
They are taking it to a veterinarian in Akron for a second opinion. Louk said she hopes to get more information from someone who has experience working with trauma cases to determine what happened to the dog.
The pit bull is being hand fed and has learned how to drink with no tongue, according to Animal Charity of Ohio. Louk said he also has numerous other problems.
“He is very, very, heartworm positive, which is a big problem,” she said. “He has lacerations to his face. He’s definitely on the thin side.”
Despite all of his troubles, Louk says Bubbles really likes people. His story has gone viral on Facebook after Animal Charity posted his photo – a post that has been shared more than 5,000 times.
Anyone with information about the dog is asked to contact Animal Charity of Ohio at email@example.com. Tracking down the dog’s owner may be hard to do, according to Louk.
“What we do know is that if we don’t find where he came from, he is going to be just fine, because we’ll find a place for him. He’ll find a good home, and this will be the beginning of the rest of his life,” she said.
Volunteers are looking to place Bubbles in a good home where he is the only dog in the residence. They say he will have special needs for the rest of his life.
Animal Charity confirmed in a Facebook post Tuesday that Bubbles has heartworm, an enlarged heart, congested lungs, ticks and parasites in his ears and intestines.
The dog will be treated with medication and taken to a vet hospital near Akron before going to a foster home. There are guidelines in place for whoever takes him.
Adoption information can be found on the Animal Charity of Ohio website. The shelter is also asking for food donation to offset costs.