That’s what the criminals running a dog fighting ring thought before the 1 1/2-year-old pooch was found in November by Chicago Police bleeding and abandoned in a parking lot.
Morty the pit bull is believed to have been a “bait dog,” that is, the dog used as practice, to rile up other pit bulls before a big fight. Bait dogs are deemed not strong enough or aggressive enough and therefore are not trained in dog fighting circles.
But the folks at West Suburban Veterinary Associates in Westmont and a Chicago rescue group have found that Morty certainly is strong, and he is absolutely good enough.
Over the past two months, the animal hospital has donated its time, facilities and medical care for Morty, who came to them from Chicago Pit Stop Rescue, an organization that rescues “bully” breeds and works to get them in shape and adopted.
“Morty was in bad shape, he was one of the most injured dogs we had ever seen,” said Christine Panos, founder and executive director of Pit Stop Rescue. “I didn’t think he’d be able to make it more than a couple of days.”
By December, most of Morty’s wounds had closed, but his injuries needed the attention of a veterinarian.
“When Morty came to us, he still had been in very poor shape,” said Janet Storjohann, practice manager at West Suburban Veterinary Associates, 518 N. Warwick Ave. “He had no use of one of his rear legs, he had a big lump on his front paw due to an infection, and several other injuries.”