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Dog found with muzzle taped shut in search of new home

Joe, a 4-year-old Pitbull/Terrier mix who was found on the road by a member of the public. He was extremely under weight, had lacerations and abrasions to all of his limbs and his mouth tied shut. A force so strong, it tore thru the soft tissue where he will mostly never grow hair again. (KBOI Photo)

A couple months ago, West Valley Humane Society took in a dog so badly injured it has required over $750 in medical attention to regain strength.

A situation no animal should be in.

Here's Joe, a 4-year-old Pitbull/Terrier mix who was found on the road by a member of the public. He was extremely under weight, had lacerations and abrasions to all of his limbs and his mouth tied shut. A force so strong, it tore thru the soft tissue where he will mostly never grow hair again.

"There was nothing left, but we have definitely seen dogs where their muzzles are either taped or tied shut," said Talitha Neher, a veterinarian at West Valley.

With how brutal his condition was, animal control got involved to figure out where he came from and who did this.

"Probably what happened was, and we see this a little too often. You get a Facebook please, this dog, high risk, in a shelter, needs someone to get him out," Neher said.

This can be someone who feels bad and wants to do something good but doesn't have a good plan. Taking a dog on an act of emotion can turn out to be more than one can handle.

"The dog ends up being in a bad situation. So, there really are worse things than being in a shelter," Neher said.

Joe is doing really well compared to when he was brought in. With medications and behavioral modifications for his anxiety, he is less reactive but unfortunately the shelter is limited on the time they have to work with him.

"The difficulty is that he is very dog reactive so placing him will be a challenge. He needs to go to somebody who is willing to manage it. That realizes it's not going to ever end. He's always going to reactive so he will need to be managed and trained and worked with," said Neher.

So with a dog like Joe you can't just go to the park and be on your cellphone, you have to be vigilant, pay attention, hes not a just add water dog.

"He's incredibly athletic, incredibly drivey and a little neurotic," said Neher.

Joe was 36 pounds when he was brought in. Now, he's around 42 pounds, a good weight for his age, he's active and loves people. The shelter is impressed with how quick he has bounced back from such a traumatic experience.

"Somewhere there is a perfectly family or person out there that would really enjoy him and like to go on leash hiking or biking with him or channel his energy for good," said Neher.

In a situation where it's not working out with a dog, whether it's a behavioral problem or medical problem shelters ask that you contact a clinic for help to manage the animal and keep them in the home.

Thanks to the public, Joe got a generous donation from Stella's Shelter Fund to help cover his medical care.

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