NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A female pit bull was in surgery at the SPCA of Niagara Thursday morning, after being found behind garbage cans in Niagara Falls.
The dog, who is said to be about eight weeks old, was found injured and dehydrated in an alley off Pine Avenue by two Modern Disposal employees, Lyle Rounds and Jim Fisher.
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"There was a few marks on her head, real swollen jaw," Rounds said. "It was helpless."
Fisher added, "I come out and see an animal that small and the amount of damage that was done to her face and jaw, it's just like, if you're not going to love the animal, why do you deal with something like that?"
Initially, the SPCA believed the dog was hit by a vehicle. The veterinarian performing surgery on the dog believes the injuries were from physical abuse.
"Certainly a severe trauma," said Veterinarian Dr. David Hansen. "There looks like there might be a little puncture wound on the head. Certainly the first thing I would think of is another dog, an adult dog, maybe bit down on it. Certainly all I can see is a huge trauma."
According to the SPCA's website, the female pit bull is named Gladys. The SPCA says she is a "very sweet little girl despite the pain that she is in."
On their website, the SPCA is asking the public to help with funding for jaw and dental repair surgery that is expected to cost $2,000. If you want to donate, follow the donation link on the SPCA's website.
It will take a few weeks for health officials to know how successful the surgery was.
The SPCA says any extra money that is raised will go to their general emergency fund.
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