Good Samaritan Ashley Perkins discovered a battered black Pit Bull mix wandering the roads of Osceola County in Florida on Friday. The dog was wandering alone on a rural road with its face covered in horrific wounds. Upon further inspection by veterinarians, it was deemed that the dog was most likely used as a bait dog for a dog fighting ring.
A bait dog is somewhat of a practice dummy used for fighting dogs to hone their violent, deplorable skills. However, instead of a stuffed pillow, dog fighters use real dog as punching bags. Though dogs don't punch, they bite and they tear flesh. To ensure that fighting dogs are not harmed by the bait, bait dogs have their teeth knocked out or mouths duct taped shut.
Ashley Perkins took this suspected bait dog to emergency veterinary care and he was later transferred to Furever Bully Love Rescue where the dog was given the name "Titan." Titan is finally out of harm's way after what has been a terrifying and painful life. He came in with numerous bite marks all over his face and body. His eyes were so badly wounded and infected that he could not even open them. Rescue care has given an update on Titan saying that he was "comfortable," and was able to eat breakfast, likely the first good meal he has gotten in awhile since dog fighters are not often concerned with feeding bait dogs.
The update read, "Dr V and the Crystal Creek staff have been amazing and are doing everything to keep Titan comfortable and fighting. He ate which is wonderful!! He obviously has never had a good meal...he's so thin...We will see how the night goes and redo blood work to see if he will need a Plasma transfusion. Titan gave me a kiss tonight and laid his head on my chest...I instantly started crying!"
While Titan faces a long road to recovery, both physically and mentally, police are determined to hunt down the dog fighting ring that was responsible for Titan's extensive injuries.