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Shelter seeks information about badly injured dog

The Shelby County Animal Shelter is looking for any information about a dog found seriously injured on Friday. The young male dog the shelter staff has named “Justice” isnow at an emergency veterinary clinicin Indianapolis.

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

A young, male dog found bloody and wandering in northwestern Shelby County on Friday is in emergency care at an animal clinic in Indianapolis.

Staff at the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter want to know what happened to the animal they’ve named “Justice.”

Chris Browder at the shelter said two boys spotted the dog late Friday afternoon on the porch of an abandoned house near County Road 900 N 400 W, but he ran from them.

A woman who volunteers at the shelter later picked the animal up in her truck and brought him to the shelter, Browder said.

She and Keith Barrett, director of the shelter, drove the dog to the emergency clinic.

“It appears to be chemical burns,” Browder said, adding the smell was very strong in the vehicle.

The burns are on his tongue, apparently from licking the chemical off of his fur, and in his ears, she said, and cover a large area of his body.

“He’s in critical care. It’s still touch and go,” added Browder.

There are no indications that the injuries to Justice were caused by dog fighting. His wounds are not punctures, she said.

Whether the injuries were the result of some sort of accident or done deliberately is unclear. 

The shelter is seeking any information from the public about Justice, a light tan, un-neutered male, 2 to 3 years old, with no microchip ID.

All calls will be strictly confidential, Browder said.

In addition, the shelter is accepting donations to help pay for the cost of his care.

“He’s got a long recovery if he makes it,” said Browder.

Contact the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, at 317-392-5127.