Injured Blount County dog prompts abuse investigation

Injured Blount County dog prompts abuse investigation

Bentley needs quick medical attention. Bentley needs quick medical attention.
This is part of Bentley's back wound. This is part of Bentley's back wound.
No one is sure what happened, but among the guesses is that acid may have been poured on him. No one is sure what happened, but among the guesses is that acid may have been poured on him.

6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A badly injured dog dropped off at the Blount County Animal Shelter prompted an abuse investigation. Volunteers have started a fundraising effort to save his life, and find him a new home.

We met Bentley, named by shelter volunteers, at Countryside Veterinary Services in Louisville.

At first glance he looks like a fairly healthy pit bull, but Bentley needs quick medical attention or he may not survive.

Bentley was brought to the Blount County Animal Care Center Thursday by two people who claimed they found him.

Volunteer Darlene Bakos described her first encounter with the friendly dog. "Literally when I went back and saw him I just cried. I mean, how can this happen? How can this happen? I just don't understand it. I never will."

Bentley is suffering form a serious wound on his back. No one is sure what happened, but among the guesses is that acid may have been poured on him.

"It's from his neck right to his tail, and it gives the appearance that something was poured on him because you've got a straight line," Bakos explained. "But then you've got areas that run off from a triangle from wide to narrow, like something would have run down his back. Obviously it caused quite a serious injury."

The Blount County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating to determine if it's abuse. 

"The first step is to examine the animal, ascertain its injuries, talk to the veterinarian to get their assessment, take photographs of the animal," explained SPCA President Gino Bachman. "Then from there, we'll go out to and canvass the area where the animal was found."

Investigators say Bentley was found near a mobile home park off Highway 411 near Seymour.

In addition to the back injury, Bentley is blind and vets just discovered he has heart worms, but they believe he can recover.

"At probably a lot of shelters when Bentley would have come in, he may have been euthanized because he is blind, and he did have a serious injury," said Bakos. "No one wants to see anybody suffer."

But the Blount County Animal Care center only euthanizes as a last resort. 

"This is a low kill shelter because it is a municipal. It's a county facility," Bakos said. "We have to take any and every dog that comes in. The only time that we would ever euthanize here is if we had a dog that was so old and sick that we could not get it better or if we had such a highly aggressive dog, that we could not rehabilitate here. But other than that, this shelter right now is getting our dogs out, rescued, adopted at over 90%."

The next step is getting Bentley well and into a permanent home. Volunteers have organized a fundraising event.

There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the dog. It has a link where you can donate to his medical care, read more of his story and post your comments.

They aren't yet sure how much Bentley's care will cost, but they say if they collect more than needed the extra will go to other sick animals.

You can report suspected animal abuse in Blount County to SPCA Director Gino Bachman at 865-405-7752.

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