CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society is calling it one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they've ever seen.
Charleston County Sheriff's deputies responded to a house on Jupiter Hill Road in Adam's Run where they found "Roscoe," an adult male dog believed to be a pit bull.
Deputies also rescued two puppies from the Adams Run location. Both were elevated in a wire crate with no bottom, and left without food or water.
The puppies have since been adopted by a family in the Charleston area.
According to the incident report, neighbors said no one lived in the house where the dogs were found.
The Charleston Animal Society believes Roscoe was shot in close range, then abandoned. Doctors recovered several bird shots from his leg, all in a concentrated area.
Doctors amputated his right leg this week to relieve the pain.
"It's unacceptable," said Aldwin Roman, the Charleston Animal Society's Anti-Cruelty Director. "This dog belonged to someone, and someone made the conscious decision to not give him what he needed."
Deputies found Roscoe tied to the house with a 20-pound chain. Authorities say Roscoe presently weighs only 35 pounds.
Roman believes Roscoe was shot a while back and recovered on his own.
"This is one of the sweetest dogs ever," said Dr. Sarah Boyd who performed the initial examination.
"For someone to have done something so cruel, and for him to forgive people, I think we all have a lesson to learn," she said.
Once Roscoe has completely healed and he will be put up for adoption.
The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $2500 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.