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Pit Bull Recovering After Being Dragged By Car

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GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – A dog tied up to the back of a truck and dragged down the street is now recovering, and the person who did it is still out there.

A Nevada County animal shelter employee calls it the worst case of abuse she’s ever seen.

“I can’t understand why anyone would do this,” said Ruth Rasmussen, Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter.

It’s hard to imagine how anyone could. A poor pit bull was torn up and bloodied, his toenails were ripped off, and tar and rocks were lodged in his paws.

“I’ve worked here 11 years and this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that and I’ve seen a lot of gruesome stuff,” said Rasmussen. “I was just horrified.”

To the folks at Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter in Grass Valley, it looks like someone intentionally dragged the dog behind a car and left him for dead. He was found crumpled in the middle of nowhere.

“He was covered all underneath with rocks and asphalt. He was just caked,” said Rasmussen.

Three days later, his paws are heavily bandaged and he’s wobbly on his feet.

The pit bull’s wounds from being dragged are evident.

It was pretty amazing when CBS13’s Nick Janes walked up, the dog’s tail was wagging and he was happy to see us. He is a little camera-shy, but you can tell he’s a sweet dog, still having a little trouble getting around, and amazingly, he’s on the road to recovery.

“I have a pit bull myself and she’s the absolute love of my life, and I couldn’t imagine someone doing something like that to her,” said Ashley Volz, Tribal Weavers employee.

They’ve named the pit bull “Karma,” and animal lovers want whoever did this to know the full meaning of the word. Flyers are posted all over town offering a reward.

He’s hurting, but healing, and still loving people even after being left for dead.

“You walk in there and he’s got a little wag on his tail, and after all he’s been through, he’s still looking at people like, ‘you guys are ok,’ ” said Rasmussen.

A full recovery is just weeks away, and Karma’s coming back around.

The shelter’s collecting donations for the reward. So far they’re up to $800, but they’re still trying to figure out who’s responsible.

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