Dog rescued after possibly being used as bait for dog fighting


ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is seeking assistance to care for a dog who was most likely a victim of dog fighting.

“Based on offensive wounds, both old and new, on his snout, head and torso, there is a strong possibility that this poor dog was a victim of dog fighting.” said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane.

Clay Humane staff have named the approximately 4-year-old Florida Brown Dog Bruce. Dr. Broadhurst had to amputate Bruce’s leg due to the injuries.

Clay Animal Services recovered Bruce from the side of a road and rushed him to Clay Humane for emergency surgery.

“After a successful surgery, patience and much tending loving care, Bruce has a new chance at life. I was incredibly impressed with his patience while we cleaned out his wounds, took X-rays and lab samples,” said Broadhurst. “Bruce now weighs about 50 pounds, is good with other dogs, wags often and makes fast friends. Some of Bruce’s favorite things are snuggling in his bed under a veterinarian’s desk, being with people, car rides and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Pup Cups.”

Bruce is now up for adoption.

Clay Humane estimates Bruce’s surgery and rehabilitation has cost $3,000.

If you are interested in adopting Bruce or would like to help with medical costs for Bruce and other animals in need, visit to make a donation.


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