Pima County Sheriff investigating animal cruelty case

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Pima County sheriff's department is asking for your help in finding who's responsible for a severe case of animal cruelty.

This after a Good Samaritan rescued a pit bull on the south side who detectives say was bred for fighting.

Boo-Boo is a young pit bull mix now in good care at the acacia animal hospital. But just a couple weeks ago Boo-Boo looked near death until a good Samaritan saved him.

"I was on Craigslist and I saw this listing that said found pit bull with recent leg cut off and I was like, 'What?,'" said Mary Pandhi.

The person who placed the advertisement didn't have enough money to care for Boo-Boo, so animal lover Mary Pandhi stepped in.

"I just picked him up and my heart just melted because his eyes were so infected and he was just like a bag of bones," Pandhi said.

Mary took the dog she nicknamed herself straight to the animal hospital and got some disturbing news.

"Based on the way he presents, he looks like he was involved in pit bull fighting, either as a bait dog, or possibly even a fighter himself who just didn't fare very well," said Brendan Desmet.

Hospital manager Brendan Desmet says Boo-Boo's suffering from various infections and fractures.

He's also got metal pellets lodged in him from being shot and a hind leg that Brendan thinks was either chopped or chewed off.

"Quite a list of problems but he's powering through with amazing spirit," said Desmet.

"It's an absolutely cruel and inhumane sport for these animals that have no choice," said Robin Crehan.

Detective Robin Crehan of the Pima County Sheriff's Department says she's recently seen an increase in animal fighting cases.  Anyone seeing anything suspicious is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

"If you have a neighbor that has several canines in a windowless building or put away where you can never really see him, that would be one good sign," said Det. Crehan.

Help almost didn't reach Boo-Boo on time, but Mary says there are other animals still out there who need help.

"People usually start out doing this to animals and then they go on to humans so that's why it needs to be stopped," Crehan said.

Boo-Boo will remain at the hospital through at least this weekend.   Then he's off to Fair Cares, an animal foster home that has stepped in to help.  They're accepting donations on Boo-Boo's behalf.