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Dog found in a bag, tied up, shot in the face

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"Hey Buck!  Look here," Tami Augustyn said before helping rescue a severely injured dog in Conroe.

"The dog was sealed inside this bag and it was tied to this post on the ground," Augustyn said.

She said her neighbor found Buck off Bulldog Lane.  He was shot with a weapon referred to as a "bird shot."

The 60-pound puppy is still recovering but has holes all over his face and neck, his veterinarian said.  He has also suffered permanent damage to his eye sight.

There are no leads into who would've done something like this, but it's no surprise to some experts.

"You'll see more animal cruelty cases the larger the city in the United States," Katy Thacker said.

Thacker is not treating Buck but she does work as an assistant manager at Citizens for Animal Protection.  She said she sees all types of injuries and admits animal cruelty is a growing problem here in Houston.

She walked us through the Katy facility and pointed out a puppy who had a noticeable "open wound" near his hind leg.

"It was a lot worse when he came in, but it is an open wound that goes pretty deep in there."

Since our four-legged friends aren't able to talk, doctors have no clue what exactly happened before they showed up at the clinic.  Regardless, Thacker said it's up to them to decide what's best for the animals.

"There are some cases that it would be in the best interest to euthanize depending on the quality of life the animal would be after treatment."

The other issue many run into is money.  Surgery and lab work can add up pretty quickly but given the posts on Facebook, it doesn't appear to have been an issue for Buck whose story prompted dozens to donate.

It's not always the end result though since, like Thacker said, "donating is a personal decision."

Outcomes may vary but their goals remain the same.

"We're looking at what can we do that is best for this animal at this time," Thacker said.

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