His name is Lucky, though in recent weeks, he’s clearly been anything but.
The 1-year-old pit bull was found Saturday at a home in Smyrna, GA, some 20 pounds under weight, locked in a crate. Doctors say he lost the weight over a two-week period. He is now receiving medical care at Woodland Animal Hospital in Locust Grove.
He can hardly move due to the abuse doctors said he suffered.
“It makes me boil just thinking about how a dog could become like this, and (he’s) so sweet,” Dr. Lexie Outlaw-Mahn told WSB-TV.
“It was probably one of the most devastating things I had ever witnessed,” Justine Stinnett said.
Stinnett, whose friend could no longer care for Lucky, who also is deaf, placed him in a foster home awhile back, but two weeks ago, the foster stopped returning her calls. When Stinnet went to check things out and found Lucky in terrible shape.
“My heart sank because I knew he had been out there in the rain, freezing,” she said.
Cobb County police are in the early stages of an investigation, while veterinary staffers are working to bring Lucky back to full strength.
“You can’t just give them tons of food and have them gorge themselves because they can get sick and die,” Outlaw-Mahn said.
Lucky will have to regain 20 pounds before he can be put up for adoption.