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Critically burned puppy receiving emergency care from Noah's Arks Rescue

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A six-month-old pit bull mixed breed puppy will be kept sedated for the next two weeks while her weak, suffering little body has a chance to heal reported Friday morning's report from Noah's Arks Rescue in South Carolina.

On Wednesday, a Good Samaritan found the puppy in an alley behind Deacon Hill Court in Brooklyn, Md. The dog was friendly and tried to get up to approach the rescuer, but she was just too weak; obviously someone had just thrown her away as if she was yesterday's trash.

The poor dog was covered with what was thought to be an egregious case of mange, bleeding wounds, acute malnutrition, and untreated lesions.

The helpless dog was brought to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) who immediately administered emergency veterinary treatment and notified Noah's Ark Rescue asking if they would help.

Transportation was dispatched to BARCS, and upon arrival in South Carolina, the young dog is now being treated at Specialty Vet in Columbia. Originally named Deacon by BARCS, after where she was discovered, Noah's Arks Rescue has renamed her Petunia:

"This is one of the saddest cases. BARCS originally thought her skin problem was a case of demodex that had gone terribly wrong. She does have demodex but the Vets working on her said her wounds look like she was caught on fire several weeks ago. The wounds on her face are infected tissue that do not have any skin below. All of her wounds are bleeding and weeping from the infection. I can't even imagine the pain and suffering this sweet little pup has endured. On top of everything else, she is literally skin and bones. Petunia is in critical care and will be there for quite a while recovering."

Petunia will be kept heavily medicated for the next few weeks to alleviate her of the intense pain veterinarians say she has had to endure for weeks.

Authorities are investigating this egregious case of animal cruelty. If you have any information about this dog or the culprit who could have inflicted such suffering on an innocent puppy, please contact Animal Control at (410)-396-4689. (Please refer to the dog as Deacon when reporting information to Maryland authorities.)

A Facebook blog has been started to update animal advocates on Petunia's precarious journey; it is hoped the little dog will survive.

Please be warned the photos are extremely graphic and not suitable for viewing by younger children.

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