ROCK HILL, SC (WJZY) - A pit bull found severely injured and left to die in Rock Hill last week still has a long road to recovery.
Officials believe he was a "bait dog".
Rambo, as he is known, has been through a lot since his rescue, including the amputation of one of his legs.
"What we know is that flies were eating him alive."
Rose Chmielewski, founder of Every Life Matters Animal Rescue, took FOX 46 back to last Wednesday when one of the organization's board members found Rambo severely injured and left to die in a secluded, wooded area in Rock Hill.
"Our board member, Casey Lawrence, she's a real estate agent. She happened to turn down the wrong road when trying to find a piece of property and she found him laying up here in the woods," Chmielewski explained.
Dead animal carcasses and piles of junk are scattered around where Rambo was found.
At the front of the property you're greeted by a warning sign that says, "No dumping, area monitored by cameras" But Chmielewski said there are no such cameras - and as a result they may never know how Rambo got to the wooded location.
"What we've learned is that he's going to need his right leg amputated, possibly his left leg as well. That's still not clear. He was also tied up. His back legs were tied up. You can see the cut marks of it. And we believe that he was possibly hung as well," Chmielewski said.
Rambo has been under the care of Baxter Veterinary Clinic. Doctors said he's one of the worst cases they've ever seen.
"Only other thing I've seen that compares is another dog attacked by two dogs. So this was something very vicious."
Staff remains positive Rambo will make a full recovery.
"He's becoming very vocal and talking!"
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