Someone pierced dog’s leg with metal clasp

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A clasp was intentionally inserted into a dog's back leg, police said. (Bakersfield Police Department)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – An injured Labrador-mix was found with a spring clasp intentionally pierced through his Achilles tendon, police said Wednesday.

A $1,000 reward has been offered for details about a dog found Tuesday afternoon wandering the streets of Bakersfield, said Julie Johnson, executive director of the Bakersfield Animal Care Center.

“It’s humanity at its worst,” she said.

Authorities believe someone intentionally pierced the clasp through the dog’s right rear leg behind his Achilles tendon.

The clasp is similar to those used on dog chains and leashes, according to Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joseph Grubbs.

A veterinarian believes the dog was possibly wearing the clasp for five to seven days, he said.

The dog also had large, deep gashes on its two front legs.

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, a nonprofit group that offered the reward, took over the dog’s care and have named the dog “Boy.”

Anyone with details about the dog is urged to call the city’s animal control facility at 661-832-7387.

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