Handipets Pets In Need

Lenny, The Pit Bull bait dog needs your help

Posted in Pets In Need by handipets on August 11, 2010

KALAMAZOO COUNTY – A dog that was recently rescued off the streets is believed to have been used as a “bait dog” in underground dog fights. And thanks to the woman who rescued him and a local veterinarian, he’s expected to make a full recovery.

His name is Lenny the Pit Bull. His rescuer, Karen Douglas, has already set him up with his own Facebook profile to detail his story and his struggle.

He was discovered on the streets of Cooper Township, north of Kalamazoo, with numerous scratches, bite marks, and visible malnutrition. When he was brought to a veterinarian in Grand Rapids, Lenny was diagnosed as having kidney failure, infections of the jaw and mouth, and again, numerous untreated bites and injuries.

According to his Facebook page, “He was negative for heart worms, but the rest of his blood work was not promising. In short, his kidneys were failing. This could be due to the infection in his mouth, his general poor health, or there is a possibility he may have been poisoned. Poisoning fighting dogs is not an uncommon way for someone to ‘euthanize’ them.”

Lenny went in for surgery on Sunday and is currently undergoing fluid therapy. He has gained three pounds since undergoing treatment.

Veterinarians with Cascade Hospital for Animals is caring for Lenny and they’re taking donations to help out with his treatment. If you’d like to donate, you can contact them at (616) 949 -0960. They’re located at 6730 Cascade Road SE in Grand Rapids.

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