A brutally mutilated puppy recently rescued in Modesto is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with the highly contagious canine virus Parvo, KTLA sister station KTXL reported Saturday.
The American pit bull terrier, named Vitus, was found by a couple earlier in the week who saw the dog chained outside a business and profusely bleeding, according to a GoFundMe page.
The puppy's ears had been cut off without sedation, pain medication or antibiotics, Dr. Amanpreet Basra of American Pet Clinic in Ceres, where the dog is being treated, told the television station.
"It is believed that the perpetrator was inside getting another pair of scissors to finish his mutilation job," a post on the fundraising page read. "The good Samaritans scooped him up while the 'owner' told them to leave the dog alone and went back inside the store."
Sonia Cano saw the couple walking with the traumatized puppy and stepped in to help, calling Kate's Rescue, a no kill animal and rescue organization in nearby Ceres, KTXL reported.
"I was horrified for him," she said.
Cano decided to take in the dog, and is his new owner.
The following day, Vitus started vomiting and had diarrhea. He tested positive for the potentially fatal parvovirus, according to the GoFundMe page.
"There is no medicine that can kill Parvo. We have to support the dog through all the symptoms we see," Basra said. "There's a 70 percent chance they survive."
The puppy's treatment is being paid with the help of the GoFundMe page, which has already surpassed its original goal of $1,500. Any additional donations will go to help other dogs in need.
"Good vibes for him. We're hoping he pulls through this. It's just been a rough start for him," Cano said.
It was not immediately known whether police were investigating the case.