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Abused dog found nearly frozen to death

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 09:08:54 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 04 2014 11:49:22 AM CST

Residents of McAdoo, Schuylkill County found a pit bull stranded and suffering from extreme weather conditions last week.

MCADOO, Pa. -

Some Schuylkill County residents found a pit bull stranded and suffering from extreme weather conditions last week.

Police in McAdoo were called Jan. 29 to a "no parking" sign at South Kennedy and East Adam streets. Responding officers found the dog partially frozen to the ground.

"There were parts of the dog that were frozen to the concrete. It took finagling to get the dog removed from the concrete," said Ofc. Anthony DiVirgilio.

DiVirgilio said the dog also showed evidence of physical abuse.

"The dog had three embedded steel pellets in its skin. There's at least 50 puncture wounds on the dog's face and body," DiVirgilio said.

Neighbors are disgusted by the news.

"Terrible that someone could treat an animal like that," said Judy Motel, of McAdoo.

The pitbull has since been named Blizzard.

"They named him Blizzard, fittingly, because he is white, and it was cold," DiVirgilio said.

Police said they believe Blizzard may have been brought up in violence and trained to fight, but that's not the life Blizzard will have now.

"Pretty happy ending for the guy, yeah. He's getting the better deal out of it in the end," DiVirgilio said.

The Hillside SPCA in Pottsville placed Blizzard on its adoption list and is currently searching for Blizzard's new family -- one that will spoil him with love and lots of attention.

"He was skittish at first, but once you sit with him for a few moments he just really wanted attention," DiVirgilio said.

For adoption information call the SPCA at 570-622-7769.

McAdoo police ask anyone with information on who may have left Blizzard to call 570-929-2590.