Dog injured in acid attack in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA — A 5-month-old puppy is fighting for life after someone threw acid on her.

The dog, named Trixie, is at  Fulton County Animal Services.

She’s also being held as evidence in the crime.

Trixie’s owner, Jeffry Matherlee, says the pit bull puppy got out of his southwest Atlanta repair shop when a worker accidentally left the gate open.

The puppy returned hours later with extreme injuries.

“It looked like a science project.  Half her face was missing,” Matherlee told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi. %



Atlanta police are investigating leads, with possible witnesses in the neighborhood on Sawtell Avenue.

One neighbor said he shed some tears after hearing about the dog, which he’s met in the past.

Tyrone Oliver said the dog “wouldn't hurt a soul. Just a little bitty puppy. Would come up to you, lick on you, jump up on you for affection. This dog wouldn't hurt a soul.”

The dog’s owner couldn’t hold back tears either, saying, “I just think about the pain she's in.  I can't do nothing about it. I don't know why this happened, it's not right.”

Matherlee says he wants the law to punish whoever did this.

He said, “I'd personally take a baseball bat to him, but I can't do that.”

Now, Matherlee is worried he’ll lose Trixie even if she survives the horrible crime.

He says he can’t pay her mounting medical bills.

There’s a GoFundMe account set up to help here.