Dog thrown out in trash bag with mouth taped shut, but survives

New York City police are searching for someone who taped a dog's mouth shut before throwing the animal out in a plastic trash bag.

A passerby found the dog, estimated to be about 10 years old, after noticing movement Tuesday from a plastic bag in a Brooklyn dumpster, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV.

"He was barely breathing; he was bleeding from his nose,” Carla Mohan, a member of New York Bully Crew, a rescue and adoption organization, told WABC Wednesday.

“Like I said, his mouth was taped up. … He was covered in urine, he has complete urine scalds all over his body.”

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A shepherd mix rescuers called Saint Vincent, the dog required immediate medical care, according to WABC. Doctors treated the infections from long-term urine scalds, the station reported.

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Dr. Brett Levitzke, chief medical officer at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn, told WABC, "this didn't happen overnight or over the course of a couple of days.”
He added: “This is sustained neglect and abuse, just basically leaving him lying in his own urine and feces to the point that he's developed massive infections.”

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Saint Vincent, whose blood work came back fine, is doing much better now despite having a few minor infections, doctors told WABC. He's awaiting adoption at New York Bully Crew, the group's Facebook page noted.

Authorities are offering a $4,500 reward for anyone who can lead police to whoever was responsible, according to WABC.

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"Someone is going to recognize him and that's our hope,” Dr. Levitzke told the station. “Someone will come forward so there can be some justice.”

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