Badly hurt Pitbull mix found Thursday morning in Denver may be a victim of dog fighting

DENVER - A 2-year-old dog found in Denver with several severe injuries is believed to be the abandoned victim of dog fighting.

The Pitbull mix was found and reported by a good Samaritan Thursday morning in the 1500 West Maple Avenue, according to Environmental Health spokeswoman Kerra Jones.

Officials say the dog was laying on a blanket.

"The dog has multiple severe injuries to his head, ears and legs that are consistent with dog fighting," Jones wrote. "The dog is currently being evaluated by (Denver Animal Protection) veterinary staff and is expected to survive."

However, his injuries were so severe the dog lost his ears.

Staff at the shelter nicknamed the docile dog "Bubba G."

Denver Animal Control officer Richard Molinari believes Bubba G's injuries are about a week old, and healing well. Eventually, he says, the dog could be put up for adoption.

"Once I started seeing the pictures it is pretty bad. It's one of the worst I've ever seen," said Molinari. "This dog is very submissive, it will not fight back. The dog is really nice dog."

Dog fighting is considered felony animal cruelty in Colorado, Jones explained.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Molinari also said that dog fighting injuries are not common. He believes that is because it is difficult to organize the illegal fights and keep them off the radar of law enforcement.

"It's disturbing because they allowed for this animal to suffer. Needlessly suffer, and it suffered probably more than one day, two days, three days. And that's a lot of pain and that poor animal has went through a lot of trauma," Molinari  =said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to increase the reward for information in the case.

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