UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- Dog fighting is a nation-wide problem, with more than a thousand dogs dying from it every year.
And now it's happening in our own backyard.
This week, two pit bulls were found on the side of the road nearly dead and the community is outraged.
"It makes me angry. I mean, we were looking at each other last night about what kind of person would do this to another creature," said Dr. Jimmy Barr, a veterinary at the Small Animal Clinic at Texas A&M.
And that's exactly what Dr. Barr and many others are wondering.
The two pit bulls, Esperanza and Vici, as they've been named were brought in to the Aggieland Animal Health Center earlier this week.
"We were not prepared for what we saw," said a manager with Aggieland Animal Health Center, Gwendolyn Inocencio.
Both dogs had old and new bite wounds, broken bones and burns covering almost their entire body
"I mean we knew when we saw her, we knew what it was. We looked at her and immediately said this dog has been used as some type of bait dog or it's consistent with that," said Inocencio.
When Jane Northcutt heard about the dogs, she knew she had to do something.
"The story about the tortured dogs really touched me and I knew that they had an ongoing rescue fund so I just wanted to contribute," Northcutt said.
And she's not the only one coming forward to help this mother and her puppy. The puppy's burns were so bad, the vets at the Texas A&M Animal Clinic felt they had to do something.
"You know this is a dog that didn't have much of a chance and we're able to provide that and so of course we're just elated to be able to do that," said Dr. Barr.
Late last night Vici was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to tend to his burns.
And it's still too early to tell if both dogs will survive but doctors are optimistic they'll pull through.
"Esperanza means hope, so we want through all of this horrible abuse we want there to be hope," Incencio said.