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Case ID: 12910
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Sunday, Jan 6, 2008

County: Westchester

Disposition: Open
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Maybe the dogs had lost a bout before a frenzied crowd in an abandoned basement. Maybe they had been used as bait to quicken the bloodlust in other dogs. But, dead or alive, the two shredded pit bulls were no longer of any use.

So the crippled, bloodied, starving terriers were thrown into a trash bin at a gas station late Saturday or early Sunday, left to die in layers of refuse, police in Yonkers said. By the time they were found in midmorning, one was dead and one was barely stirring.

Both dogs had puncture wounds and had lost a lot of blood. Unable to move, they had been exposed to the winter night.

The dead dog had bite marks around its head and may have been clamped in another dog's jaws and shaken into a concussion, said Ken Ross, police chief for the Westchester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The survivor had "that vacant look you see on a dog that has been through everything."

The bloody discovery by the gas station's workers was the latest of several recent signs of dogfighting in the urban areas of lower Westchester, just north of New York City. In October, six scarred dogs were found in a Yonkers garage. In August, five Rottweilers and a pit bull were rescued in Mount Vernon, not long after an injured pit bull was found lying in its own blood in the street.

The dog that survived the weekend discard was responding Monday to antibiotics and hydration, Ross said, but he added its life span may depend on how mean-spirited its training was.

"You may save the dog," he said, "but then you may have to put down the dog."


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