Public’s help needed: Rescuers heartbroken as deformed bait dog dies

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The Pinal County Animal Care and Control in Maricopa, Arizona is asking for the public’s help to bring justice to a three-year-old gentle and gravely injured Mastiff/pit bull found on the side of the road at the intersection of Wildwood and Ralston Roads. elliot-the-bait-dog-2

According to the shelter, the dog, dubbed Elliot, was found on September 23 and had been covered with open wounds as well as old scars from head to toe. In addition, his front legs were deformed and he was so weak from having been starved, the dog could barely stand without someone holding him up. Animal Cruelty officers suspected Elliot had been used as a bait dog and need the help of the public to identify his owner and conduct an investigation into what happened with this dog.elliot-the-bait-dog-3

The Queen Creek Independent reports the staff at animal control cared for Elliot for five days until he was turned over to a rescue group.

“His diagnosis was worse than we could imagine,” stated Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael. “He had tick fever, Valley Fever, was in kidney failure, both front legs had been broken and never fixed so they healed wrong. To top if off, his tongue was mutilated which is why he could not eat or drink anything.”elliot-the-bait-dog-tongue

On September 29, Elliot died as a result of his injuries. He had been transferred to Lifeline Oro Valley Animal Rescue, who tried everything medically possible to help the gentle giant pull through. On the organization’s Facebook page, tears streamed down everyone’s face as the latest post brought the tragic news.

“…We wanted to do anything and everything we could for him and asked if the vet thought there was anything we could do to up his chances of pulling through. After discussing options, we brought him back home as the vet recommended that he be comfortable and less stressed. He was cuddled up in a heated bed, and we still believed we could possibly pull him through. He’d been wagging his tail earlier at the sound of our voices and was standing up and trying to follow Roge around. As we were sitting talking about the next steps for him, and how we would help him, his head in Roge’s lap, Elliot just took one big last breath and was gone. It was peaceful but unexpected, it was on his terms.”elliot-the-bait-dog-cover

Although most of Elliot’s life was one of torture and misery, at least for the last five days of his life, this poor dog was shown love, care and was never left alone for a moment. Rest in peace Elliot; we are sorry you never had the opportunity to heal and experience what you rightfully deserved: being a cherished dog.

Authorities are hoping the public can supply information leading to the identity of Elliot’s owner. Information can be called into Animal Care at  888.431.1311 or 520.509.3555.

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(Photos via Facebook Lifeline Oro Valley Rescue)



  1. Penny's Dachshund
    Penny's Dachshund says:

    At 67 years old I have always held my head high and had Pride in Being an American and living in the USA!!! What has happened to US as a country and about the People Living HERE? It appears that our Senate , House of Reps. Judiciary System , from FEDERAL,STATE, & LOCAL LEVELS, have turned their backs on DOG FIGHTING ORGANIZATION RINGS, by KEEPING their EYES CLOSED TO THIS Pathetic and Horrific form of gambling !!!!! Is it because many of these SO CALLED Public Officials BENEFIT in some fashion from ALLOWING THIS TO CONTINUE!!!!! Why else WOULD this be STILL SUCH a MUCH PRACTICED form OF FUN & GAMES & PROFIT at the EXPENSE OF OUR ANIMAL”S !!! There is SOMETHING That is NOT KOSHIER GOIN ON IN THIS COUNTRY!!! Why the Hell aren’t we questioning this and demanding answers.. I am as guilty as the rest, BUT THIS has been GOING ON LONG ENOUGH!!!

  2. Tracy Nagel
    Tracy Nagel says:

    SMH! Poor baby! Can’t imagine the pain, anxiety, being scared daily, not understanding why he’s being treated so wrong when all he can do is show unconditional love!! You have to be heartless and not capable of love doing something like this to innocence! It so disgust’s me to no end when people think they have the right to use animals for their selfish, money hungry, evil doings! ?

  3. Sharon Warner
    Sharon Warner says:

    I, too, am ashamed of much of the human race if this is becoming the norm. I only hope upon my death, Creator allows me the job of animal avenging angel, because I will be busy for eternity.

  4. Hollie Hollon
    Hollie Hollon says:

    OMG………….Please anyone who knows anything about this horrific and painful abuse must contact authorities. The monster/monsters involved must be caught and severely punished. This majestic fur baby suffered unknown horrors and hell and his death must be justified by the monsters involved rot in jail.

    RIP poor Elliot…………… and as tears well up in my eyes I thank everyone involved in loving you,caring for you and trying to save you as they are angels and hero’s. Thank you for making this insane and crazy world a far better place for animals in need.

  5. Patty
    Patty says:

    Hopefully the local paper and news will pick this up. SOMEBODY knows! Raise money to offer a reward. There is obviously no morals here. I will contribute to a reward to someone who knows something !!! This literally makes me sick to my stomach. God rest his sweet soul … and bless the good hearted that showed him love and comfort … RIP Elliot


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