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Alabama rescue group hope to find justice for former bait dog

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In Lauderdale County, a former bait dog, of no use to the dog fighting ring, was left tied to a barbed wire fence near County Road 62 in Oakland, but was fortunate enough to have been discovered by a Good Samaritan reports the timesdaily.com.

On February 20, a malnourished, severely injured 18-month-old pit bull was turned into the Lauderdale Animal Shelter who then called the Shoals chapter of Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS).

The dog, now named Ambrose, likely had been a bait dog. These dogs are the helpless, defenseless, and defeated victims of the worst form of animal abuse known to man. These are the dogs who are mutilated by game dogs practicing the sadistic and illegal sport of dog fighting.

Ambrose was a lucky dog; a family just happened to have found him where some evil culprit had tied him so tightly to the fence, the dog sat on the tiny spikes of the fencing.

And now, just a few weeks later, Ambrose is being cared for by Debbie Nelson, a PAWS board member, and not surprisingly, the perky little guy is friendly, great with children and wags his behind as if all humans are wonderful. That is the ability of dogs to forgive.

Ambrose didn't walk away unscathed however; two surgeries later his leg had to be amputated, and he lost an eye.

These are the horrors of dog fighting, but this is the story of a survivor. Most people can't even imagine what happens to the dogs not fortunate enough to have been rescued.

PAWS hope the story of Ambrose will bring more awareness to the cruelty of dog fighting and motivate anyone witnessing or suspecting such heinous activities to report the crimes to authorities.

The Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office is investigating and is asking the public for help. A $5,000 reward has been offered by the American Humane Society of the United States and a private person from Atlanta for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in the mutilation of Ambrose.

Ambrose now has his own Facebook page called Angels for Ambrose where his progress can be followed. If you would like to donate to help Ambrose's recovery, please click here.

If you have any information about Ambrose, please call the district attorney's office at 256-764-6351 or Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.

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