BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Photos of the one-year-old boxer, now named ‘Ray’, are disturbing. They show an emaciated and abused dog tied to a chain. He was found in a yard just over the Tennessee state line in Alabama on Sunday evening.
Animal Control in northern Alabama seized the dog on Sunday — on Monday morning, the nonprofit Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue was on its way to pick up Ray and transport him to their clinic in Brentwood.
“It’s hard not to get emotional when you see a dog like that and think people can actually do that,” said Lori Dismang, a volunteer with Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue. “I know there are circumstances there, but it’s very difficult to see an animal in this condition.”
Dismang helped with the last leg of the journey before Ray arrived at the clinic and was treated for many of his health issues.
“He was full of fleas, had to take a bath and things like that, but we had a commotion when he was in the car so he knew he was safe,” Dismang said.
WARNING: You can see the image of ‘Ray’ when the dog was discovered here. The photo contains graphic material. Viewer discretion recommended.
The boxer was also found with heartworms and parasites and is severely underweight. The group will have to wait until the dog gains more weight before they can treat his cherry eye, vaccinate him, and take care of his other health issues.
Ray’s road to recovery will likely take months, but Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue volunteers are determined and focused on his future.
The dog is currently in a foster family who receives 24-hour care.
“Whether [his foster family] don’t adopt him, we probably have 5,000 people who want him now, so we’re going to put him in a family,” Dismang said.
The police are investigating. It is not known whether any arrests have been made.
To find out how to help Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue, click here.
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