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Waterbury Police Investigating After Dog Found With Chemical Burns

Precious, a 7-month-old pit bull mix, was found with suspected chemical burns in Waterbury, Conn. on Monday, March 4, 2013 (credit: Waterbury Dog Pound/Facebook)

Precious, a 7-month-old pit bull mix, was found with suspected chemical burns in Waterbury, Conn. on Monday, March 4, 2013 (credit: Waterbury Dog Pound/Facebook)

WATERBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/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 said 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. She’s being treated by veterinarians at Beacon Valley Animal Hospital.

On Wednesday, the Waterbury Dog Pound said on its Facebook page that Precious is now being fostered by a local vet tech with the animal rescue group Halfway Home Rescue.

The group now calls her Glimmer for a “glimmer of hope” and said on its Facebook page that the pup’s spirit “is just amazing.”

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