Neglected, abused dog found with mouth taped shut inside trash bag

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CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn -- An older dog was found with his mouth taped shut inside of a plastic garbage bag that was also taped shut in Brooklyn.

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St. Vincent is a beautiful, maybe 10-year-old shepherd mix. He is very docile and friendly. How could such gentle a dog have been so terribly abused?

"This isn't any advanced medicine. It's just TLC," said Dr. Brett Levitzke, a veterinarian.

St. Vincent was rescued from a dumpster in Cypress Hills Tuesday. He was left in a plastic bag with his mouth bound in tape so no one could hear his cries.

But someone did hear him and called police.

As bad as this seems, St. Vincent has known a lifetime of it.

"This didn't happen overnight or over the course of a couple of days, this is sustained neglect and abuse, just basically leaving him lying in his own urine and feces to the point that he's developed massive infections," Dr. Levitzke said.

"He was barely breathing, he was bleeding from his nose, like I said his mouth was taped up, they removed that, he was covered in urine, he has complete urine scalds all over his body," said Carla Mohan, New York Bully Crew.

Doctors had to shave away his fur to treat the infections from long term urine scalds.

Given all he's been through, St. Vincent is doing pretty well and his bloodwork came back great. He's got some infections and some hip issues, but he's going to be just fine. He's got good years left in front of him.

A group called the New York Bully Crew will make sure they are very good years. They're still hoping someone knows who did this.

"Someone is going to recognize him and that's our hope, someone will come forward so there can be some justice," Dr. Levitzke said.

There's a $4,500 reward for anyone who can lead police to the person who threw St. Vincent in the trash.

CORRECTION: The dog has NOT been adopted as reported in an earlier version of this article and the video above.
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