Albuquerque-Metro

Pit bull tied to street sign rescued

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) - Someone didn't just dump a dog on the side of an Albuquerque road, they tied it to a stop sign using an extension cord. 

On Tuesday afternoon just after 2 p.m., Alfonso Garcia came across a disturbing sight at the corner of Fortuna and Dolores, in the West Mesa neighborhood. 

"She was out of place, she did not know where she was," said Garcia. 

A pit bull was tied to a stop sign with an extension cord. The cord so tight, it was clear she was in pain. 

"It was putting a lot of pressure on the dog, so the eyes were starting to protrude and starting to turn red," said Lt. Thomas Romero with Animal Welfare. 

Garcia says when he and his neighbors found her, she was so scared she was trembling. 

Alfonso called Animal Welfare and took the dog home with him; an officer came and picked her up that evening. 

Four days later, she's still nervous around new people, but Lt. Thomas Romero says she's slowly becoming more trusting. 

The handlers at the shelter have given her a new name, calling her Lolitta. 

"We're hoping we can get a temp test on her soon that way we can see if it's going to be good for adoptability," said Lt. Romero. 

Animal Welfare is working on rehabilitating Lolitta in hopes of finding her a new home, as they also search for the cruel person who did this. 

Lolitta is officially up for adoption, but a temperament test will determine what kind of home she'll fit into best. 


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