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Case ID: 19385
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012

County: Effingham

Disposition: Open
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A dog possibly used as bait in dog fighting has been rescued by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

The dog was found near the roadway on Old Louisville Road.

The dog was starved and had dirt in his stomach, Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.

The dog's teeth have been cut or filed down to keep him from injuring other dogs in a fight and has other injuries consistent with dog fighting, Ehsanipoor said.

The sheriff's office is investigating it as an animal cruelty and dog fighting incident.

The dog was taken for treatment to an area veterinarian and is being cared for by a local rescue group.

The reward stood at $8,100 Thursday night. Now, local businessman OC Welch says he will add $1,900 to the pot, bringing the total to $10,000.

Anyone with information on dog fighting or animal cruelty is urged to contact the Effingham County Sheriff's Office at 912-754-3449 or Crimestoppers at 912-234-2020.

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Case Updates

A pit bull found in Effingham County a week ago that may have been used as bait in dog fighting is on his way to a foster family in Bluffton.

The dog, which has been named "Kekoa," spent a week being treated at Rice Hope Animal Hospital in Port Wentworth, Ga., and was released Wednesday, said Melanie Whatley, vet tech.

She said the dog went to a trainer who will assess its personality before he's released to a foster home.

A new nonprofit that's been formed to help animals at the Effingham County shelter is gathering funds to pay for the dog's treatment, said Pat Manser, founder of HOPE, for Help Out Pets in Effingham.

She said the group will raise funds to help the animals in the shelter and will work with other, already-established rescue groups.

Kekoa, whose name means "the brave one" in Hawaiian, will go to a foster home in Bluffton through the rescue group the Malachi Foundation, she said.

The dog was emaciated and had multiple bite wounds when he was found along Old Louisville Road about a week ago.

He had dirt in his stomach and wounds that left bones exposed, Whatley said.

His teeth were cut or filed down, which frequently is done to bait dogs to keep them from injuring other dogs in a fight, said Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor.

The dog had other injuries consistent with dog fighting, Ehsanipoor said.

He stayed in the animal hospital for about a week and was treated for the bite wounds, an eye injury, ear infection and parasites, Whatley said. He's a lot better, but still has a lot of healing to do, she said.

The dog, which is estimated to be three or four years old, has heartworms and will need four to six months of treatment before he could be adopted, Manser said.

She said he has a sweet temperament and has been very stoic when receiving treatment.

Manser said the veterinarian at Rice Hope, Dr. Brandy Bragg, has donated a lot of time and effort to help the dog, but his bills still are likely to range from $2,500 to $4,000.

Donations can be made to HOPE through the Certus Bank in Rincon, at (912) 826-4286, or to HOPE's post office box, P.O. Box 2601 in Rincon, 31326.

If donations exceed the cost of Kekoa's treatment, any extra money will be used to help other animals that come through the Effingham County shelter, Manser said.

The sheriff's office is investigating the dog's treatment as an animal cruelty and dog fighting case.

Ehsanipoor said all leads are being followed and anyone with information about how the dog was injured is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 912-754-3449.

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Source: - Feb 18, 2012
Update posted on Mar 3, 2012 - 2:54PM 


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