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8-Week-Old Pit Bull Puppy Left For Dead in Street After Someone Cut His Ears Off

"...it’s a very painful area and it looked like whoever did this to him had literally just cut the ears off with either scissors or a knife.”

(Image Source: KYW-TV)

Authorities in Pennsylvania are looking for clues that will bring to justice the individual who is responsible for cutting off the ears of an 8-week-old pit bull puppy on Wednesday.

According to KYW-TV, the dog was found in the streets with his ears cut off and had nearly bled to death.

(Image Source: KYW-TV)

Dr. Kelly Slattery, the veterinarian that performed surgery on the puppy, said it appeared the ears were painfully cut off using scissors or a knife.

“The ears are very vascular, lots of nerves in there,” she explained. “So it’s a very painful area and it looked like whoever did this to him had literally just cut the ears off with either scissors or a knife.”

“With him being so young, and getting cold and getting weaker, it would have been a matter of hours,” Slattery added.

(Image Source: KYW-TV)

Fortunately, the dog's hearing will not be affected by the injuries he sustained.

According to the founder of a local animal shelter, removing a puppy's ears is a sign of dog fighting.

“They cut the ears off, so they can’t grab them in a fighting ring," Buzz Miller, founder of PACT for Animals, said. "A dog this small can be used as a bait dog. It would be completely destroyed, horribly.”

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them.

(H/T: KYW-TV)

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