Anne Arundel County police are trying to find the owners of a pit bull that was found injured on a street in Linthicum and may have been used as "bait," to train other dogs to fight, according to authorities.
The dog, named "Rocky Road," was found last Thursday and underwent surgery. "The dog was in severe pain and had difficulty moving around, but still sought affection from the staff," police said of animal control officers.
The Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital offered to treat the dog for free. Police said the injuries were consistent with that of a "bait dog" to help other dogs learn how to fight. Illegal dog fighting has been an issue in the area recently.
Police said Rocky Road underwent surgery on Feb. 3 and his condition stabilized. The dog is expected to remain under veterinary care for a few weeks. Once back on his feet, a private foundation, Tara's House, has agreed to take the dog into their rescue center and determine whether he can be adopted.
Police said the investigation in who owns the dog and how he was injured is continuing. The dog was found in the 600 block of Andover Road.