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Officials in Floyd County say a great dane was tied up outside at the German Bridge Campground, but the man who lives on the property where the dog was found claims it was a stray, and he took it in to help nurse it back to health.
Duane Conley could not speak on camera but said he did not do anything wrong and was just trying to help the dog whose owners dumped it and left it for dead.
"We're just hoping for the best for him. He's a fighter," said Tonya Conn with Dumas Rescue Group.
They are calling him Moo. He is a great dane who is less than a year old.
"He was found tied outside on a chain with an overturned water dish and food bowl," said Conn.
Animal control received a complaint that someone near the German Bridge Campground in Floyd County had a dog that was very malnourished and ill.
"He called me monday morning and he was like 'I have this dog. I think it's not going to make it,'" said Shauna Brown with the Floyd County Animal Shelter.
They brought the dog to the Floyd County Animal Shelter and decided he needed immediate veterinary attention.
"He's probably fifty pounds underweight. He has severe mange, skin infections. He has a hematoma. He's just in really bad shape," said Brown.
So they brought Moo to Highlands Veterinary Clinic in Paintsville.
"It's really heart wrenching to know that this is conditions that could have been prevented had they just, if the owners couldn't care for him had they just turned him over," said Conn.
But Duane Conley says the dog was in much worse condition when it showed up at his house and was actually improving with his care.
"It'll be a long time before he gets a home. Sometimes people try to help, but they just make the situation worse," said Brown.
They say wherever the dog came from, the abuse it has been through should never be tolerated.
"I think if you abuse or neglect your animals you should be punished. I think if you let one starve then you should be starved too," said Brown.
The assistant county attorney says no charges have been filed against Conley, and at this time there are no plans to charge him.