NORTH CAROLINA -- Duplin County Animal Services is searching for whoever left an abused dog on the side of the road earlier this week.
State Trooper Justin Gardner found the German Shepard on a bridge on Sarecta Road outside of Kenansville on Sunday. He took the dog to animal services.
Workers there describe the dog's injuries as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they've ever seen.
Animal services' supervisor, Joe Newburn, said the dog was likely confined to a cage for a long period of time, causing his growth to be stunted.
Newburn said the dog's paws are swollen with blisters from living in its own waste. He said the dog was only 37 pound when it was brought in.
Employees at animal services named the dog "Duck because of the way his poor feet look like duck's feet when he walks."
Duck will be adopted by Trooper Gardner who said he had an instant connection with poor Duck when he found him on the bridge.
Animal services is looking for whoever is responsible for abusing Duck so they can be charged. You're asked to contact animal services at (910) 296-2159 if you have any information.
(WCTI12 - Jan 26, 2017)