Monday, January 25, 2010

Pit Bull Found Chained By Weights On Locked Patio

Dog Found With 15 Pounds Of Barbells Chained Tightly To Neck

POSTED: 3:44 pm EST January 21, 2010
UPDATED: 12:47 pm EST January 22, 2010

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers rescued a dog that was found chained by weights, WPBF 25 News' Terri Parker reported Thursday.

Animal Care and Control officers discovered the year-old pit bull with 15 pounds of barbells chained tightly to her neck.

"She could only lift her head up a certain amount off the ground in order to even attempt to stand," said Dianne Sauve, of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. "It took, you know, every bit of the muscle in her body."

Authorities found the dog after an anonymous tip that a dog was being beaten.

When officers arrived, they found the dog in a cage on a locked patio, barely able to breathe from the weight of the barbells.

"Our opinion, just on surface observation, is that this poor dog is absolutely terrified and appears to have been subjected to what we would consider torture," said Sauve.

Sauve said some pit bull owners have "this tendency to want to do whatever it takes to bulk up these dogs, to make them massively muscular."

Although the dog was somewhat emaciated and frightened, she wagged her tail and approached Parker, sniffing her through the bars of her new cage.

Animal Care and Control said the woman who lived at the property where the dog was found claimed she found the pit bull with the weights on her neck and initially took them off, but she put them back on when the dog tried to run away.