BALTIMORE - A witness reportedly saw someone toss a 1-year-old American Bull Dog out of a car like trash.
"On a scale of one to 10, maybe an eight. It was bad," veterinarian Matthew Jones said.
Jones at the Essex Middle River Veterinary Center in Baltimore treated the pup named Nemo.
Nemo had large cuts and infected wounds, as well as small bite marks on his legs suggesting to experts that he was used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring.
"He wasn't well taken care of but you can definitely see where he was repeatedly attacked by other dogs. He obviously (was) bitten in the neck and ear and everything," Jones said.
But even despite that, animal advocates said Nemo had a great disposition; just a real sweet pup even in the midst of being in so much pain.
Lisa Morabito with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter said Nemo is one of the lucky ones.
"He was so sweet. He was crying in pain but then licking our faces and wagging his tail," Morabito said.
Noah's Arc, a 24-hour emergency care clinic in South Carolina decided to take him in.
Nemo was transported there and was expected to make a nice recovery, but Nemo is just one of three severe cases BARCS saw since Thursday.
"It is really disheartening. We try and focus on the good such as Nemo who can go to rescue. It's hard and it's really disgusting what people can do to animals," Morabito said.
Baltimore Police are actively working the animal abuse case, WMAR reported.
In Nemo's case however, the witness could only give a vague description of the car and no plate number.