A dog has been rescued after getting half of his mouth ripped off while being used as a live bait in a dog fight ring.
Two-year-old German Shepherd mix Elvis was close to death when he was found and had to have one of his legs amputated after being used as a bait in a fight between three Rottweilers in Romania.
The injured canine was tied to a tree following the fight, with his front right leg torn to shreds and missing skin around his mouth. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. German Shepherd mix Elvis, who has been left with a curled top lip after having half of his mouth ripped off during a dog fight.
Fortunately, vets were able to save Elvis’ life after amputating his leg, but the dog’s teeth were left permanently exposed, which made him look as though his was curling his lip.
Elvis was taken into a local shelter but his rescuers knew that his looks would make it impossible for him to be re-homed in Romania.
That’s when an American Elvis fan stepped up and paid for the dog to be transported to the U.K. to the Safe Rescue for Dogs center, which will help rehabilitate him before he can find a permanent home.
2. The fight where Elvis was used as a live bait also saw him suffer severe leg injuries which led to the amputation of his front right leg.
Kelly Hare, who runs Safe Rescue for Dogs, said:
Elvis is a beautiful dog with a wonderful soft, gentle and loving nature. He may have physical scars but he has healed mentally. His tail never stops wagging.
To think that anyone could have used him as live bait is heartbreaking.
But tragically this barbaric practice is on the rise and dog theft for animals to use as bait is one of the fastest growing crimes.
3. After being rescued from his home country in Romania, Elvis was brought to the U.K. and he is being looked after by Kelly Hare, pictured, at a rescue center in England.
Dogs are being stolen from people’s gardens and outside shops and are then used to rile up dogs bred for fighting before they compete.
The dogs are torn apart, so they don’t care what dogs they take, anyone’s dog is at risk.
Safe Rescue for Dogs has rescued hundreds of dogs from the U.K. and abroad and is now raising money to build a rehabilitation center for dogs.
4. Meet Elvis: the dog who had a leg amputated after being used as a bait in a fight between three Rottweilers.
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