A dog was nailed inside a kennel and left to die just blocks away from an animal shelter in South Los Angeles.
The animal was abandoned in the crude wooden dog house, which had a board secured over the entrance, on a Florence back road with no food or water, where he was stuck for three days.
On Wednesday morning a police officer peaked inside and discovered the pooch, and local non profit group Ghetto Rescue Foundation (GRF) took him in.
"I’ve seen stabbed dogs, I’ve seen hit dogs, I’ve never seen anything like this before. I mean, the heartlessness," GRF volunteer Alison Featherstone said.
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Vets found the animal, who is around 3-years-old, was is badly scarred and fighting a swelling infection on his leg.
Rescuers have named him Walter Worthy Higgins, and say he is affectionate despite his injuries.
"He let our volunteer pet him… coax him (out). He absolutely is a sweet dog," Featherstone said.
He is expected to fully recover, and it is hoped he will find a home with a caring owner.