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Waterbury, Conn.

Dog with chemical burns prompts Waterbury investigation

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Police are investigating a possible animal abuse case after a young dog was found with suspected chemical burns. Animal control officers found the 6- to 7-month-old pit bull mix under a bush in an empty lot off Hopkins Street on Monday night, after receiving a call about an injured dog. Officials said it had bleeding flesh on its belly and hind legs. Police believe the dog named Precious may have had a case of mange and someone tried to treat it with chemicals that made the situation worse. Officers are treating the case as animal neglect and possible abuse.

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