COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - A three month-old puppy is recovering, after police discovered him covered in blood and tied to a door. The suspect responsible is still behind bars, but the puppy named Spartacus is now in a new home.
Spartacus is now doing extremely well, given the condition in which he was found.
Colquitt County Animal Control officer John Croft said the dog's owner clipped his ears, without any anesthetic and left him to bleed outside. It was that heartbreaking moment that inspired Croft to make Spartacus his very own.
"When he first came in, he was scared, he was worried. He didn't really want to move. He didn't want to play at all. He didn't really trust anybody," said Croft.
Understandably so, Spartacus was found tied to a door on the 600 block of 1st Avenue.
"They had his leach around his neck, shut in the door. He had less than a foot to move. He used the bathroom right beside him. He couldn't even sit away from it, he was sitting right next to it. He couldn't even move," said Croft.
Police arrested 27-year-old Anthony Lee, charging him with aggravated cruelty to an animal and drug possession.
"There was blood all over the door, all over the wall, all around his neck and his head. He had blood all over him," said Croft.
Croft said the dog's owners clipped his ears hours before cops arrived. After imagining the dog's pain, he knew the dog needed him.
"Just knowing how much pain and suffering he's been through, and how much love and affection he was denied, the look that he has in his eyes, he just wants love and affection," said Croft. "I started off working here and started out with one dog. This one right here makes five now. Every single one of them's a rescue dog."
Croft picked a very fitting name for the pup, Spartacus.
"He became enslaved, then became a gladiator, he fought back, and he prevailed," said Croft. "He became a champion. And he's kind of close to the same story."
A small puppy with a big heart, and now a loving owner.
Spartacus has stitches in both ears. The stitches should be removed within the next several days.
Anthony Lee is still in custody at the Colquitt County Jail.