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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police are looking for whoever is responsible for tying up an extremely malnourished pit bull to a set of mailboxes in Springfield, abandoning it in the freezing temperatures.
The dog was found tied up with what looked like a TV cable at 47th and Aster early Monday morning.
Employees at Omlid and Sweeney were able to rescue him. They say once they got close, they were shocked to see just how bad of shape he was in.
The pit bull, Calvin, was named by and in the hands of First Avenue Shelter staff. They believe the pit bull terrier boy is around 4 years old, he barely weighs over 50 pounds, and he has some visible scars and sores.
Investigators say they don’t know how many hours he was left in the cold, but temperatures did get down to as low as 23 degrees overnight.
Patrol officers responded to an initial call from a neighbor who heard barking. They later found out Calvin had been taken in by Omlid and Sweeney employees.
Workers there say after some treats and a nice warm building, he was quickly trusting and very loving.
“It will never cease to amaze me in this job seeing something that has been through so much pain like that and so much neglect, that it’s still willing to be somebody’s best friend and not hold a grudge against people even though people are what’s done this to him,” said Brian Austin, Springfield Animal Control Officer.
Investigators say whoever did this faces at least animal neglect and abandonment charges.
Although Calvin has some obvious recovering to do, there have already been multiple inquiries from potential adopters.
So far Springfield Police still have no leads. They say if you think you recognize this dog to please give them a call.