PHOENIX -- Two four-month-old puppies are on the mend, after apparently spending their short life being abused and being used as bait to train fighting dogs.
The pit bull pups are in the care of HALO Animal Rescue. Someone brought in both dogs to animal control as strays just two weeks ago.
Little Mokie has stitches that close up an open wound. "A big chunk of skin is missing on the neck and shoulder area," says HALO staffer Jonathan McDonell. "The other injuries you're going to see are scars on their heads, on their ears, on all four legs and lots on their shoulders and hip areas."
The animals were found in the area of 85th Avenue and Lower Buckeye. Staffers at HALO say the pups appear to have had a very rough time. "The level of scarring and the amount of scar tissue really said to us that there was some long-term abuse happening for these animals," says McDonell.
HALO Animal Rescue stepped in to help the dogs, getting the animals the medical attention needed. The battle wounds they bear show signs they served as bait dogs in dog fighting.
"For people who are into dog fighting, they use these puppies to train their dogs on aggressive methods," says HALO CEO Heather Allen.
Scarring to Tyco's head,shoulders,and legs shows that the four-month-old pup has been taking this abuse for a while.
"People did this to these dogs and that's the most disturbing thing," says McDonell. "These dogs didn't ask to be there," says McDonell.
And as their wounds heal, their personalities remain friendly and sweet.
"They're young enough. We truly believe these are going to be fantastic dogs when they become adults," says McDonell.
Once Mokie and Tyco are doing better, they'll be put up for adoption. For more information visit www.halorescue.org.
HALO is an acronym that stands for Helping Animals Live On. HALO Animal Rescue is a no-kill shelter, and is a safety net for thousands of homeless dogs and cats each year.