A malnourished pit bull found lying in the middle of a Matthews road had several severe injuries consistent with long-term dog fighting, police said.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the dog’s mistreatment.
Animal Control workers found the dog on Lakeview Circle, off Sam Newell Road, at about 12:45 p.m. June 10, police said.
Police believe the dog, since named Echo, was dropped in that area from a vehicle between 11:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m., Matthews police Officer Tim Aycock said.
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Echo is recovering at Animal Care and Control in Charlotte and has gained eight pounds, WBTV, the Observer’s media partner, reported.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Matthews Police Department at 704-847-5555 or the Humane Society of the United States at 877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787).