- Associated Press - Friday, July 7, 2017

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) - The head of an animal shelter in Branford says a dog that was dropped off at the facility may have been injured in an illegal organized dog fighting operation.

Laura Burban tells the New Haven Register (https://bit.ly/2tZ7Zoj ) that based on the wounds the dog sustained, it may have been used as “bait” for other fighting animals. She says it also appears the dog’s feet had been tied together.

Burban says the person who dropped off the dog at the shelter on Wednesday said it was found on a street.

The dog has now been named Freedom. It underwent surgery at a veterinary hospital and is improving.

Freedom’s specific breed and other information were not immediately known.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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