A pit bull mix was found on the side of a road in Georgia with a zip tie around its genitals and in excruciating pain.
The dog, who has since been named Nelson, required emergency surgery hours after he was discovered because he was so badly injured. A concerned resident found the 3-year-old dog on November 2 about 10 minutes from the Jackson County Animal Control Center along Academy Church Road.
Allison Mayfield, CEO of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, told Fox 5, “I can’t wrap my mind around it … I can’t imagine how anyone could even consider doing this to an animal.”
Mayfield said the zip tie, which was wrapped so tightly around Nelson’s genitals, caused the dog so much pain that county officials initially considered euthanasia. But instead a call was made to the Humane Society, who offered to take him in.
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Mayfield said, “I literally broke down on my office floor with him for hours in tears. I could never imagine why someone would do this to such a sweet boy.” “We want people to know that animal cruelty is a very real thing, and we’re going to fight it with whatever we’ve got.”
They said they took Nelson to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine for surgery.
“If you can imagine a full abdominal surgery, that’s basically what they did, and redo your urethra,” she explained.
UGA medical professionals determined that Nelson suffered from penile necrosis due to strangulation and that the entire penis would need to be removed to save him. The vets decided to reroute his urethra into his posterior abdomen to allow him normal urinary function.
Now, two weeks after surgery, Nelson is recovering and is under the care of a foster parent through the Humane Society shelter. Mayfield said the humane society is hoping to find her a forever home soon.
Nelson will continue to recover for weeks or months before he is able to return to full, pain-free function.
The Humane Society also hopes to find the person responsible for Nelson’s injuries. Animal control officials said they currently have no leads.
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Through the “Season of Saves” initiative, the humane society wants to highlight the need for donations to help animals like Nelson, Mayfield said.
“Cruelty to animals does exist, and it exists in a very painful and real form that is beyond what some of us can imagine,” she said. “My vision for the Humane Society is that we never have to say no to an animal like Nelson.”