Animal protection officials search for person who mutilated, abandoned dog

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DENVER -- Denver Animal Protection is looking for the party who mutilated and abandoned a pit bull mix in the area of 1500 W. Maple Ave. Thursday morning. The dog was suffering from multiple severe injuries to his head, ears and legs that are consistent with dog fighting. They believe his docile nature means he may have been used to help train other dogs to fight. The animal underwent multiple surgeries Thursday and is expected to survive. Dog fighting is a felony in the state of Colorado. Conviction of animal cruelty could result in up to a $999 fine and/or a year in jail. If you have information related to this case, call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. The dog's veterinarians and caretakers are determined to find a good home for the animal. Warning: The third photo in this gallery depicts graphic injuries.

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