Pit bull used as bait, found shivering and badly wounded in Richmond neighborhood

(Richmond Animal Care and Control)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- A badly injured pit bull, found in a neighborhood in Richmond earlier this week, is recovering from surgery.

The Richmond Animal Care and Control reported on Facebook that a neighbor was leaving for work when they spotted the dog shivering in some bushes Monday morning, and after seeing the dog's condition, called animal control officers.

They said veterinarians were able to stop hypothermia from setting in and they cleaned up multiple bite wounds. " What they uncovered will require weeks of carefully managed wound care. We do not know if her eyes are salvageable and if her body will be able to fight the infection that has already set in," they wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

Officials estimated the pit bull is between three to four-years-old and was given a new name Thursday morning before surgery.

"Thank you for all of the name suggestions! We think Penelope fits her best," they posted on Facebook. "This sweet girl is in good hands with Dr. Mercurio and I'll update you when she's done! Send all the love!"

Around 8 p.m. officials said Penelope was out of surgery and doing well, according to WTVR.

"She had a fracture and holes through to her sinus. However, it looks like she might not lose her left eye," officials commented on Facebook. "I would post after pictures but you would cry. A little gruesome for public sharing."

RACC's director told WTVR that the dozens of bite marks on the pit bull's face and front legs are classic indicators that she was used to train other dogs for dog fighting and that cases like these are on the rise.

"She's the nicest dog. It's always the case," she said.

Investigators from animal control and Richmond Police are looking into multiple tips about how the dog ended up abandone and badly wounded in the neighborhood and said they are hopefully more people will come forward with tips.

RACC is asking for donations to help offset the costs of the dog's medical bills, and once her condition improves, officials are hopeful someone will come forward to foster her.

If you would like to donate, you can go here online.

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