WATERLOO, Ala. — Authorities in Lauderdale County are searching for who’s responsible for severely injuring a dog.
On the night of October 6, Lauderdale County deputies found the dog tied to a pole near the bridge in Waterloo. It was discovered that the dog had been severely injured with wounds all over his body.
Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services Director Cheryl Jones said the dog had exposed muscle on his torso and exposed bone on his legs.
The dog was initially taken to an emergency veterinarian who suggested he be put to sleep due to the injuries’ severity, however, Jones wanted a second opinion. The vet referred the dog to the Mississippi State University Animal Health Center, where Jones said he is currently recovering.
Jones has since named the dog Frank, after Frankenstein, to mark the Halloween season. She said what happened to him was no accident.
“He was found bloody, tied to the pole,” Jones said. “Whatever had happened, had just happened. The deputies originally thought he might have been dragged because he had a tether on, but looking at his injuries, the best I can figure is tossed out of a moving vehicle.”
Jones said Frank has a long road ahead of him. His stay at Mississippi State is expected to last for months and the cost for treatment, an estimated $20,000.
Chloe’s Fund, which began as a way to provide medical needs for FLAS animals, will help with the cost, but it won’t be enough. Donations to Chloe’s Fund can be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s also the question of Frank’s future after recovery. “Eventually, Frank is going to need a foster home and probably a home, and ultimately that’s our goal,” Jones said.
If you would like to donate to help Frank’s recovery, you can also mail checks or deliver in person to Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services at 3240 Roberson Road in Florence. Cash donations will also be accepted in person.
If you have information on who may have injured Frank, you’re asked to call the Shoals Area CrimeStoppers tip line at (256) 386-8685. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.