Pit Bull Leads His Owner to Puppy 'Left for Dead' in New Jersey

The puppy, named Theo, is now recovering after suffering severe head trauma.

ByABC News
August 8, 2016, 4:11 PM

— -- It seems pit bulls stick together.

A man was walking his dog, a pit bull named Ace, in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 31 when Ace led the man off track into a building's basement. There the man found a pit bull puppy, later named Theo, in dire need of medical attention.

According to Second Chance Rescue NY, the animal rescue organization that is aiding in his recovery, Theo was found with severe head trauma.

"He had been hit and then left for dead," Kim Collins, a volunteer with the organization, told ABC News. "You can still see the lump on his head. It looks like a golf ball now that all of the swelling has gone down."

Theo, who is believed to be 8 to 10 weeks old, was sent to an animal hospital for treatment. In addition to the visible head trauma, he was suffering from blindness due to his injuries.

"My heart was ripped out of my chest, and he looked like he was dying," said Collins, 45. "His mouth was kind of hanging open. He ... couldn't see. He had blood on his eyeball, and it just looked imminent at that point."

But a day later, Theo improved. He could roll on his back. By Aug. 2, he was sitting up and had regained his vision.

Today he's ready to be placed in a foster home, Collins said, adding that he'll need "around the clock care."

Jersey City Animal Control is looking for any information regarding Theo's incident. Please contact 201-547-4888 if you have information.