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Pit bull-mix recovering after being abandoned

Posted May 25, 2012
Updated May 26, 2012

— A pitbull-mix is on the mend in Vance County after animal control officers found the dog tied to pole with a telephone cord.

Frankie Nobles, lead animal control officer for Vance County Animal Control, said Friday that the dog, named Hope, is expected to make a full recovery. She has scabies and heartworms and is so emaciated that workers have described her as "a walking skeleton," he said.

Hope, who is approximately 2 or 3 years old, was found Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the animal shelter, and animal control officers are unsure who dropped her off or how long she was there.

If found, her owner could face animal cruelty charges.

"We're very upset, and we'd really love to know who turned this dog over," Nobles said. "We need the help of the public. Our community needs to gather around and just get us some information." Hope Pit bull-mix recovering after being abandoned

The Vance County Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Nobles said that, once Hope has fully recovered, the shelter will contact out-of-state rescue groups in an attempt to help her find a permanent home.

Animal control is also looking into installing security cameras, which are currently only inside the shelter, outside the facility, as a result of Hope's case, Nobles said.


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  • Whatthehey May 25, 2012

    Requiring a fee to register the macho-man breeds would weed out the real pitbull lovers from the poser trash

  • Brogden May 25, 2012

    Horrible. Yet, I must say some one brought the dog to the shelter knowing it would get help. If they put up cameras outside, that person would not have done that for fear of being known - and what would have happened to the dog then? In my mind, it might be better to put a small pen outside the shelter just for this type of situation! Better that than the dog being left in the woods or on the side of a road or ------- whatever.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 25, 2012

    I just watched the video. Numbing!



  • storchheim May 25, 2012

    If your neighbor is trash enough to do this to a dog, you might think twice about getting involved. Trash is ugly when it's challenged, and doesn't think about consequences of what it does to get even.

  • driverkid3 May 25, 2012

    I wish I knew who mistreated that poor dog. I'd turn them in and let the shelter keep the money to take care of other dogs and cats.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 25, 2012

    Diabolical, that is what I was thinking too. Actually, I'd be shocked if the "owner" dropped the dog off. They have no reason too. Allowing the dog to get in that condition.....

    I'm sure it's someone who does not want to get involved, which I can completely understand. Absolutely. I would probably get involved, but then again, maybe I wouldn't! One can never say what they would or would not do, until presented with a certain situation. I'd like to think I would do something.



  • Diabolical May 25, 2012

    You ever think that it may have been a concerned citizen who anonymously dropped this poor dog off. I can't see the owners taking the time to drop this animal off if it looks to be treated this badly. Poor thing. Hope he recovers.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 25, 2012

    THEN AGAIN, at least someone took the time to take the dog to the shelter. Tying it to a pole, with a telephone cord is not something I would do, but nonetheless, I'm glad they did that!


  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 25, 2012

    OMG! That poor, poor dog. Whoever did this, is not even worth calling a human! They are lower than a puddle of water. Incredible.

    Thank God this dog will (hopefully) mend, be saved and find a loving home. How can someone do that to an animal? I can't comprehend it. It's just too much to absorb.