Abandoned pit bull mix found seriously injured recovering after first surgery

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DENVER — Bubba G, a 2-year-old pit bull mix who was found abandoned and seriously injured in a Denver neighborhood last week, is recovering after the first of at least two surgeries, Denver Environmental Health said Friday.

The dog had surgery to extract a broken and infected tooth and to amputate an infected du claw. A second surgery to reconstruct the skin on the dog’s head will be scheduled when Bubba G recovers from the first surgery.

The dog was found March 5 in the 1500 block of West Maple Avenue. The dog was suffering from multiple severe injuries to his head, ears and legs that were  consistent with dog fighting. His docile nature means he might have been used to help train other dogs to fight.

“While there are no signs of hearing loss or organ damage and his appetite is healthy, the long-term health effects are unknown at this time,” officials said in a news release.

Officials say numerous tips have been received and the investigation continues. There have been no arrests.

A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Bubba G is being treated by the Denver Animal Protection veterinary staff and the surgeries will cost at least $10,000. To donate toward the dog’s treatment, visit www.denveranimalshelter.org/donate.

<strong><em>Warning: The third photo in this gallery depicts graphic injuries. </em></strong>