Stray dog with severe head wound recovering at Phoenix shelter (Warning: graphic photos)

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WARNING: The photos included with this story may be disturbing to some viewers.

PHOENIX – A 2-year-old dog is recovering at a local shelter after he was found with a severe head injury that resulted in the loss of an ear.

The male pit bull was picked up as a stray near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care & Control said the dog has a suspicious wound on his head.

"It looks as if someone may have taken a knife and sliced the top of his head from ear to ear," she said.

In the process, the blood supply to one of the dog's ears was severed and the tissue became necrotic. The dog lost his ear due to the injury but still has his hearing.

MCACC clinic staff has been working feverishly to treat the dog's injuries.

It is unclear what exactly happened to the dog, temporarily named Frankenberry. Gable said the staff is unsure if some of the injuries are a result of dog fighting, but the linear cut to his head was not caused by another dog.

Frankenberry is recovering at MCACC's West Valley Animal Care Center. Since he is a stray, the shelter is required to hold him until Friday, should an owner come forward to claim him.

Gable said if no one claims Frankenberry and he passes his temperament evaluation, he will be put up for adoption.

"He's extremely friendly and has won the hearts of many staff," Gable said.

Gable said Frankenberry will need to have his sutures removed in a couple of weeks and may require another surgery in the future to do some cosmetic work.

Anyone interested in adopting Frankenberry should call 602-506-3471. If more than one person is interested, there will be a drawing. At this time, it is unknown if Frankenberry is good with other dogs or cats.