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Puppy with broken legs and bound muzzle found in a box in Oregon

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Multnomah County Animal Services is hoping that the public can shed light on who is responsible for a disturbing case of animal cruelty which was discovered this week in Gresham, Ore., reported Thursday's KATU News.

Nester Salazar, a good Samaritan, found a grievously injured pit bull puppy on the evening of Dec. 4. Salazar told KATU News that his own dog, "Goofy," pulled him off of their normal walking route that evening, towards the injured pup who was found inside of a box.

Salazar cut wire which had bound the pup's muzzle closed, and took him home for the night. The following morning, the injured puppy, just three to four months of age, was taken to the animal shelter for care.

On Thursday, Animal Services stated:

The puppy had his entire muzzle (snout) wrapped tightly shut and appears to have two broken front legs.

The puppy is currently being examined by our veterinary team and we're working on determining the extent of his injuries.

A subsequent update from the shelter stated:

X-rays have confirmed two broken front legs. We are working on getting a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to have the puppy's legs repaired. Donations to Dolly's Fund would be greatly appreciated, as this special donation fund will be used to pay for the puppy's surgery.

The puppy has been dubbed Pluto and he has undergone orthopedic surgery which will hopefully enable him to make a full recovery.

Pluto is the second case of eerily similar animal cruelty in the area. Shortly before Thanksgiving, another dog, who also had a bound muzzle, was taken in at the animal shelter after being found by a good Samaritan.

After Pluto has recovered from his injuries, the man who found him will be providing him with a forever home.

In the meantime, Multnomah Animal Services is hoping to find the person responsible for Pluto's injuries.

Tips and information can be made to: Officer Jenny Kimmons at (503) 988-7387 or Officer Michelle Luckey at (503) 988-6238.

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