Donations needed to treat severely abused Pit bull puppy

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A two-month-old Pit bull puppy is in dire need of surgery. The puppy named Miles was turned into a local animal hospital with his legs wrapped in a homemade splint made out of a coat hanger and gauze.

The dog's owner, Lyman Morkunas, has been arrested. The Maricopa County Animal Crimes Unit said Morkunas used a sledge hammer to break up a fight between the puppy and an adult dog.

Morkunas then allegedly used super glue, a needle and thread to repair the laceration.

X-rays showed Miles had multiple fractures to his front legs.

"His left arm had fractures plus his elbow was in pieces and sticking through the skin and very severely infected," said Michele Elek from PAWS.

A foster family is caring for Miles. Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary (PAWS) is trying to raise money so he can undergo surgery to save his front left paw.

"The sooner he can have this surgery, the better off he's going to be and the less chance for amputation," said Elek.

Veterinarians say the surgery will cost $5,000. The animal rescue group does not have the funds and needs monetary help from the public.

Donations to help the pit bull puppy can be made at

Once Miles undergoes surgery to repair his left front paw, he will be put up for adoption.