Abused dog found in Coatesville ravine

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Chester County SPCA officials are investigating a case of an abused dog was found tossed on the side of the road in West Chester.

Radar the pit bull continues his recovery at the Chester County SPCA Thursday afternoon. He has come a long way since Monday night when he was found starving and bleeding in a ravine.

It is amazing he was found at, and even more amazing that he has survived.

Radar was playing ball playing in the backyard of the Chester County SPCA on Thursday. Just three days ago, the pit bull was discovered in a ditch, emaciated and bleeding badly.

"It just broke my heart," said Craig Baxter. "I had never seen anything like that."

Monday night, SPCA Officer Craig Baxter was called out to the ravine off Fisherville Road near Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville.

A Caln township police officer, acting on a tip, had discovered the dog shivering in the ditch.

"If you didn't know or happen to see a little bit of white on his head poke up out of where he was, you would not have known, and he wouldn't be here now," said Officer Baxter.

Officer Baxter rushed him to the SPCA. He thought, perhaps, the dog had been hit by a car.

"After cleaning off his wounds, that's when we realized what had actually happened to him," Officer Baxter said.

The veterinarian determined his wounds were the result of dog fighting. The pit bull had been thrown to the side of the road and left for dead.

"It broke my heart, and I knew that we had to do something," said Officer Cheryl Shaw.

Officers Shaw and Baxter are nursing the pit bull back to health. Together, they named him Radar after the character in the show MASH; it just seemed to fit.

"He was getting on our radar for us to find him, and to help him find a home and for us to help the others that may be in his situation," said Officer Shaw.

The Chester County SPCA wants to hear from anyone who may know who did this to Radar and about any other dog fighting activity. The number to call is 610- 692-6113

Radar has a long way to go in his recovery. Because he had bites from other dogs and could be at risk for rabies, he must remain in quarantine for six months.

One day, the hope is that he will find a happy, forever home.

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