WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Waterbury police are investigating a possible animal abuse case after a young dog was found with suspected chemical burns.

Animal control officers found the 6- to 7-month-old pit bull mix under a bush in an empty lot off Hopkins Street on Monday night, after receiving a call about an injured dog. Officials say it had bleeding flesh on its belly and hind legs.

Police believe the dog named Precious may have had a case of mange and someone tried to treat it with chemicals that made the situation worse. Officers are treating the case as animal neglect and possible abuse.
The dog didn’t have tags or an identity microchip. It’s being treated by veterinarians and will be brought to an animal rescue operation if the owner doesn’t claim it.

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