An image of a muzzled dog, wearing a chain harness and tied up with a thick rope, has sparked concern among animal lovers. The dog lives in Gaston, Oregon, with a man who may be homeless, reports KVAL News.
The pit bull, named Buddy, was spotted on Monday by Susan Licari, who runs an animal rescue. Licari told the news agency what she saw outside of the Gaston Market, “There was duct tape, a bright color duct tape, around his muzzle. I wanted to make sure he was okay and not just abandoned. He was tied up with a very thick rope around a pipe.”
Licari found Buddy’s owner and learned that he keeps the dog in the makeshift muzzle because he doesn’t want people to feed his dog – though she offered to give the man a proper muzzle, he refused.
Licari is concerned that the duct-tape muzzle prevents Buddy from panting and that he could overheat as a result. She has stated that she doesn’t want the dog taken away from his owner, but does want the dog to be treated properly, and fitted with a safe muzzle.
Washington County Animal Services has opened an investigation into the situation. The animal services manager told the news agency, “Bottom line is there is no situation where a dog should wear a muzzle 24/7. I’m hesitant to speculate about what the situation is here. If we were to find out the dog is only muzzled for a short period of time there may be very little we can do.”
Some people in the area are familiar with Buddy and his owner and have defended the use of the make-shift muzzle. Most other people are concerned for Buddy’s well-being.
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