VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Humane Society in Valdosta is looking for someone willing to adopt a dog they believe was attacked by an alligator.
The dog, named King, is being treated at a vet clinic. One of his legs will have to be amputated.
King is a stray, and an elderly woman had been taking care of King as best she could, giving him food and water whenever he would come onto property.
But King didn't come around all that often, which is why he became so thin, and then over the weekend he was attacked.
He looked emaciated on Friday, and his right hind paw was shredded down to the bone, but humane society volunteer Debbie Rumker said this is a big improvement over the condition he was in when they got him on Monday.
"If he had not been brought in when he was, he probably wouldn't have made it but another day or two, she said."
Rumker said it was likely an alligator that attacked King. He has since been in the care of a vet.
"Even though it puts our program in a bind taking these animals that are really injured and sick, it's very moving to see them in caring hands and when they find loving homes," said Rumker.
It will still be a while before King can actually be adopted out, but the humane society is encouraging anyone interested in adopting him to go ahead and submit an application.
"He'll have to gain a lot of weight and get healthy before he can have his leg amputated, and then once it's amputated we'll have to go through the healing process," said Rumker.
Thankfully though, King is getting healthier every day.