LANCASTER, Ky. (WKYT) - The director of the Garrard County Animal Shelter says she believes an injured dog brought to them over the weekend was used in dog-fighting.
In the two days since the dog was brought to the shelter he's started recovering from his wounds.
A couple driving along KY 52 saw the dog and brought him to the animal shelter.
"He was in pretty bad shape," said shelter director Brittany Collins. "He couldn't hardly walk, was sore, bleeding everywhere."
Shelter workers took the dog to a vet who told them his injuries could have been prevented.
"She said they were from another dog, dog fighting," Collins said. "She's got him on medicine, said they weren't too deep."
Collins says he came with the name "Rampage" on his tag but they're calling him "Warrior" because of everything he's been through.
She says they've been contacted by someone claiming to be his owner who told them he's a family pet who got loose and must have been attacked before he was found.
Garrard County Animal Control has started an investigation into his injuries. Collins says they believe someone tried to use him for fighting and when he didn't fight, dropped him on the side of the road.
"With everything this dog's been through he's the biggest sweetheart we met, he never once offered to bite us when we were cleaning his wounds."
She hopes this story will influence lawmakers in Frankfort currently considering Senate Bill 143, which would expand animal cruelty laws to include dog fighting.
"People think it's fun to watch dogs murder each other and just a slap on the wrist isn't going to get them to stop," Collins said.
Until the case is resolved Warrior will be in foster care.
"He just wants to be loved on and lay in your lap and play with toys," Collins said.
The shelter is accepting donations to help with Warriors care. They can be made at the shelter or through Paypal to garrardjudge.windstream.net. Be sure to include Animal Shelter in the notes of the donation.