Taped Up Pit Bull Rescued

By: Meaghan M. Norman
By: Meaghan M. Norman

The not even two year old female pit bull wasn't supposed to survive.

"I think they tried to kill her. You could tell someone abused her," said Lansing resident Ernest Moss.

Moss found the dog in a wooded area near his home, on Cedar and Community Streets as he was out walking his own two Boxers on Wednesday afternoon.

"My big dog tried to pull me down the hill and I didn't know what was going on so I looked down the hill and I saw a female pit bull all tied up and shaking."

Moss stumbled across "Tatiana" who was bound, bruised, covered in blankets and nearly frozen to the ground.

"Her paws were taped, her back legs were taped. It took me half an hour to take the tape off and around her mouth was taped, it was pretty sad," said Moss. "All that mattered to me was to save her."

Hairs were ripped out by the tightly-wound electrical tape which had her hog-tied in the frigid cold and left to die.

"It's not something we've never seen before but it's something we'd never like to see again," said Julia Palmer, CEO of the Capital Area Humane Society.

Head swollen from severe trauma, believed to have been beaten repeatedly with a blunt object and littered with fresh wounds.

"But I saved her. That made me feel good. I cried, but it made me feel good," said Moss.

The Capital Area Humane Society is now looking after her recovery.

"She's a really tough dog," said Palmer.

Named by the Humane Society after Tatiana "Ali" -- and while it's not for the daughter of Muhammed Ali, the society says she's still a fighter with a very rough road still ahead of her.

The CAHS is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case.

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