(CBS DETROIT) – Calvin Hannah says he’s an animal lover and has three dogs himself, so when he saw a Pitbull abandoned and chained to a lamp post, he had to help.
“I approached the dog to get a feel for him,” Hannah said.
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“He was a bit, of course, he was probably scared, so he was growling a bit, so I thought I’d go get him some food to make him a little more comfortable around me. I fed. He kind of perked up a little bit.
Hannah found the dog Saturday in Boston and Otsego on the west side of Detroit.
“He didn’t stand a chance,” Hannah continued.
“He had about three feet to move so he couldn’t even find a place to warm up if he wanted to, he was just, he just had to suffer right there.”
Police were called and the dog was taken to Detroit Animal Care and Control.
He is being treated for neck abrasions from a tight collar.
“At this time he is in the care of our veterinary team,” DACC director Mark Kumpf said.
“They’re going to re-examine him to see how he’s doing. He’s a bit grumpy right now, but you’d be too if you had a big cut on your neck that needed fixing. We hope that once we have had the opportunity to allow him to decompress, we will have worked on him with his medical issues, that he will potentially be a candidate for adoption or transferred to another rescue organization that can continue his care.
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Kumpf says the abandonment of animals contributes to overcrowding at shelters.
“If they abandon them outside, it makes it very difficult for shelters across the country because the animals show up with no history,” Kumpf said.
“What we are looking for are vaccination records, medical information, behavioral and health information.”
With temperatures dropping into the single digits, the weather is too harsh for the dogs to survive.
“Just tying your dog to a lamp post outside and expecting them to survive and thrive in that kind of temperature and weather is criminal,” Kumpf said.
Animal cruelty is a serious charge in Michigan and, depending on the degree, offenders can face up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Low-level violations can result in 90 days in jail and a $500 ticket.
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