The Parker County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of animal cruelty after a dog was found severely injured and frightened.
The dog, a young pug-mix, was found Monday morning with a severely swollen tongue after someone used electrical tape to forcefully shut the dog's mouth after pulling out her tongue, police said.
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"It was horrific. Her mouth was so gross it was awful," said Melanie Labrake, who first found the dog. "She walked by me and she just looked up at me like, 'Help me,' and I thought, 'I don’t even know what’s wrong with you,' but that’s her tongue.”
Labrake tried to remove the tape, but the scared dog ran. A group of concerned citizens then searched for the dog for several hours on horseback, SUVs and on foot until she was found circling a stock tank.
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