KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro animal organization is speaking about animal abuse. Love for Paws is now caring for a Rottweiler named Maximus.
The dog came to the group's attention after someone sent PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pictures of the dog. That person was worried about the dog's health after seeing the dog chained up and lying in feces.
Stephanie Henshaw, the director of Love for Paws says Kansas City Animal Control then got involved int he case.
"Kansas City, Missouri Animal Control went to the residence and witnessed maximus on a chain in the backyard laying in feces and mud," Henshaw said.
Henshaw says Maximus was so sweak he's lucky t have survived.
"He was in pretty dire need of help so they immediately took him off the property," she said. "At the time he was breathing out of his mouth and was unable to stand he was pretty close to death."
More than a week later, Maximus is standing at the Dearborn Animal Clinic in Mission, Kan. where he is receiving treatment. Sores are visible on his skin and according to Henshaw that's only the beginning.
"He's completely emaciated, he is heartworm positive," she said. "We have some eye infections going on so he's got a long road to recover."
She says it will take six to ten months before Maximus will be well enough to put of for adoption. If you'd like to help Maximus or the 30 other dogs in the Love for Paws program go to http://love-for-paws.com/.