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Firefighter finds dog zip-tied in backyard

Duluth, Minn. -- A dog is recovering after a bizarre case of animal abuse in Minnesota.

Zach Drews discovered the dog outside of his home Monday morning, its front paws bound with a zip-tie.

Drews called her over, and she hobbled toward him.

"The dog was very friendly," he said, recalling the experience.

That's when he noticed a zip tie, pulled tightly around the dog's front paws. He immediately called animal control.

After Drews fed her and wrapped her in a blanket to stay warm, Duluth Animal Control picked her up and brought her to their shelter, where they soaked her feet in an antibacterial fluid."

"I don't know what kind of person would even do that to an animal," said Drews, after shelter crews took the dog to recoup.

While just her front paws were bound, Drews said he also thinks her back paws may have been bound in some fashion before making it to his house.

He said he also suspects a dark motive behind the action.

"I don't know if she had followed the railroad tracks, or maybe she was placed on the railroad tracks," said Drews. "They're very close to my house."

As for the now-lucky dog, authorities said she's in stable condition, walking around and wagging her tail.

A woman identifying herself as the owner said the dog's name is Molly, and that she's 4 years old. While she wouldn't go into detail, she said she noticed Molly missing three days ago.

Police said the dog will remain with Duluth Animal Control for now.

 
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