News of the dog being left to die in a dumpster in Northeast Baltimore strikes hard at those who live there.
"You don't get rid of problems like that... especially when it comes to an animal," said Carl Miller, "I mean it's harmless. You know. It's sad. It's really sad. I just don't get it."
With his legs secured in bandages, the mixed pit bull now known as "Freckles" looks as if he might have been in a car wreck, but when he arrived at Essex Middle River Veterinary Center, Dr. Matthew Jones quickly ascertained he had been dragged behind one.
"From his knee to his hips... just kind of abrasions... it looked like he had been drug almost in the positions that they were and we did x-rays when he first got here and he had just a bunch of foreign material in his stomach---money, metal objects and other things we saw."
Jones performed surgery on Freckles to remove the objects and to patch up severe abrasions to his legs that reached all the way to the bone.
The dog also suffered from starvation, and it weighed about 30 pounds or about half of its normal body weight.
A rescue group in South Carolina has since taken over his care, but Freckles' case will not soon be forgotten here for those who worked to save him.
"I personally have never seen something that severe as far as whatever happened to him prior to finding him in the dumpster---we don't know," said Jones, "but just to discard of him like that is inhumane to say the least. There are shelters... even if the people who placed him there didn't do this to him, there's plenty of places where you can take them and you don't have to pay, you just have to leave them."
The rescue group in South Carolina says the size of Freckles' wounds and drainage have him battling infection at this point. To donate to his care, follow this link: Noah's Arks Rescue
He's receiving around-the-clock care.
They add he is wagging his tail now, which is always a good sign.
Freckles continues to fight
That's good news for a dog that is fighting through torn ligaments and skin – carrying the frame of a badly mangled body.
How mangled? The pictures are too graphic to show.
"…The pictures are so horrific and cruel that words alone are not enough. Outrage is not enough. Crying is not enough," wrote Jennifer Smith, president of the rescue service in South Carolina working to get Freckles back on his feet.
Doctors at the clinic in Essex did what they could for Freckles and issued a plea for help from anyone that could assist with the critical care he would need to survive.
That's when Smith of Noah's Arks Rescue in Okatie, S.C. stepped to the plate.
"I immediately contacted BARCS and told them I would gladly take care of this wonderful dog," Smith said. " They would never have to worry about him getting the best medical care possible because that is all we do. We made arrangements to pick him up and bring him to South Carolina. We had to wait several days for him to get stabilized and then I flew someone up to drive this boy to us. He was given a live transfusion before he left and was kept on all of his meds along with a catheter and an IV to keep him comfortable. "
Smith says as long as an animal is fighting, she will fight to it. Such is the exact case with Freckles.
"I will fight along side him and do whatever it takes to make him comfortable and to thrive," she said. "I never give up or give in. An abused animal always lets us know when it is time to let them go."