A seriously injured dog was found locked in a crate near train tracks in Rochester.
On Tuesday, the 1½-year-old female pitbull was found by the train tracks at the intersection of Silver and Madison streets. She was malnourished, covered in blood and left for dead. The dog is being cared for at Lollypop Farm while the Humane Soceity investigates if this was a case of dog fighting.
The clinic staff who have been caring for this pooch have come up with a few names; some call her Train, others Minnie.
"Because she has this nice Minnie Mouse sleeping bag."
Train was abandoned Tuesday near train tracks in the city. When investigators arrived on scene, the dog was locked inside a bloodied crate. They believe her owners may have thrown the crate out of a moving car.
"She's suffering and she is now," said lead investigator Reno DiDomenico.
DiDomenico says while they can't confirm how the dog was injured, it appears she was involved in a dog fight.
"At this point, the wounds are consistent with some sort of animal fight. We just don't know what type of animal yet."
Train has puncture wounds all over her body and a torn ear. DiDomenico says she may have been used as what dog fighters call a "bait dog."
"It could be the main dog was used to practice on this dog and that's why she was discarded," he said.
Dogfighting continues to be on the police department's radar.
"It is something that periodically is brought to our attention. We know it's a macho thing, it's also something used to gamble, and we know when it's brought to our attention we need to address it," said Chief Jim Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.
Abandoning a pet is punishable by up to a year in jail.
"These individuals who fight dogs go by reputation. If they have a good fighting dog they make money on the breeding of that dog. If the dog loses, they discard the dog."
Clinic staff say they expect Train to make a full recovery.
Investigators say fingerprints were found on the dog's crate. As they continue with their investigation, they ask if you have any information on this dog or her owners to contact the Humane Soceity's hotline at 223-6500. All calls will be kept confidential.