by: Tony Thomas Updated:
LILBURN, Ga. - Gwinnett County authorities are trying to find the owner of a pit bull mix that was found with its ears cut off and deep cuts or burns on the back of its head.
Animal Control investigators believe the dog is six or seven years old. Authorities said it walked into a CVS store on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn on March 6. No one seems to know where it came from.
"We don't know. It wasn't accompanied by a person. Nobody saw it escaping from a vehicle or anything like that," said Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith.
Channel 2 Action News Gwinnett Bureau Chief Tony Thomas visited the dog Wednesday and reported the canine is doing fairly well, considering what he has been through. Both ears have been entirely cut off. A 2-inch wide gash is visible on the back of the dog's head from ear to ear. Authorities aren't sure how that wound happened.
"The animal can’t tell you how it's feeling. It's obviously in pain," said Animal Control investigator Michael Chatham. "It could be for dog fighting. This is an older dog, I couldn't imagine. It could be a bait dog. it still has open injuries on its ears."
Animal Control is caring for the dog in the short term as authorities try to figure out who did this to the animal. Chatham said he believed the injuries occurred within the past two weeks and are obviously the work of a non-vet.
Ultimately, authorities hope to turn the dog over to a rescue group, given how expensive the medical bills will likely be in the coming months.
"He's a very friendly dog. He's not animal aggressive. He's not food aggressive, I don't know why anyone would do this to this dog," Chatham said.