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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

Meet Brut. He's an off-white pit bull mix who seems be the victim of severe neglect and abuse.

Brut may have seen a life without love at his home off Chilton Ave., until two Opelika residents intervened last weekend.

"My friend Noelle and I came on Saturday and assessed the situation." explains Opelika resident Jacqueline McClintock. "We didn't trespass, we just kind of checked things out, and then we notified an office of another dog that we saw that had no food, no shelter, no water, and I noticed had been there for a few days without those things. So that is definitely animal neglect."

After gaining full custody of Brute, Jacqueline and Noelle rushed the dog from his home to the Thornton Animal Hospital in Opelika, Ala. where he received the care he so desperately needed.

Dr. James Moore says, "We ran some initial diagnostic tests, and determined that he was anemic, and pretty severely anemic, and dehydrated. We did an intestinal parasite check, and he was severely infected with parasites, worms."

Moore believed Brut had a fighting chance after eating food and drinking water, but his health started to go downhill after Brut received a blood transfusion.

Three days after he was rescued, Brut suffered a seizure and died.

"I can't say for sure, but I would not be surprised, as unfortunate as that is, he was very much underweight, and I would venture to say his last meal would have been weeks before they brought him in," says Moore.

Now in Brut's memory, and to raise awareness about the senseless act of animal abuse, McClintock is asking the community to help pay for the dog's $1,500 medical bill.

If the goal is surpassed, the remaining funds would help other animals in need.

"If you see a pet, and you see it has been suffering, it hasn't had any food or water, you're not going to get in trouble, no one is going to come after you, just say something," says McClintock.

To donate to the cause visit, www.youcaring.com/savebrut.

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