Reporting Cheryl Simone
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — On April 9, a Baltimore Gas & Electric meter reader working in Columbia spotted something in the woods.
That something turned out to be a dog who was in horrible shape. The pit bull was missing an ear and had severe bite marks on her face, neck and legs.
The man contacted the Baltimore Bully Crew, a volunteer nonprofit organization of pit bull owners and enthusiasts that promotes responsible ownership. The dog — now named Lovely Rita — has been taken in by the Crew and is being cared for by Bemo Combs, one of the group’s members.
“Her face was grossly misshapen, it was so swollen. You couldn’t even really tell it was a dog,” Combs said.
Combs says Rita had a rabies tag on her when she was found. Combs tacked down Rita’s previous owners who said they had given Rita away to a “friend of a friend,” which Combs says highlights the need to be extra careful when finding a new home for your pet.
Combs said she’s grateful the man who spotted Rita didn’t turn a cold shoulder on her.
“He just could not leave her there. He couldn’t,” Combs said, adding that she keeps the man updated on Rita’s progress.