Abused, Starved, and Dragged By a Car: A Pit Bull Puppy Named Freckles Somehow Survives

He's not yet a year old, but his life has been hellish. Now he's in the care of Noah's Ark Rescue.

Liz Acosta  |  Apr 4th 2013


It wasn’t enough to abuse poor Freckles. News reports indicate that the Pit Bull who wasn’t even a year old was abandoned in a trash receptacle to die, after being starved to a skeletal 30 pounds and dragged behind a car or truck.

Alerted to the sounds of a dog crying in a garbage bin, animal control officers in Baltimore found the grisly scene. Freckles’ bones poked from his skin — literally. Whole sections of bone lay raw and exposed, the result of being dragged behind a car.

Animal Control rushed the dog to Essex Middle River Veterinary Center, where X-rays revealed foreign objects in his stomach. One doctor commented that he’d “never seen something that severe.”

Named Freckles for his spotty ears, the puppy was transferred to Noah’s Ark Rescue in South Carolina where he is making a slow recovery. Since his discovery, he’s undergone a series of surgeries and is on powerful antibiotics to tame the infection threatening his body. His mangled legs are wrapped in bandages, and a soft cone prevents him from licking the wounds. With a great deal of assistance, the puppy can stand on his own. It might only be for short periods of time at this point, but he is steadily regaining his strength.

You can stay up to date with Freckles’ progress on the Noah’s Ark Rescue Facebook page, but please be warned: The page contains graphic images that might be upsetting to some. Check out the Noah’s Ark Rescue website for information on how you can make a donation toward Freckles’ medical expenses.

Story via Huffington Post; photos via Noah Ark’s Rescue (contains graphic images).

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