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(NECN: Melissa Toupin) - Six-month-old Blake is recovering at Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, Mass.
Shelter volunteer Jon Blancato says he was walking another dog along Hall Street Thursday when he saw the pitbull puppy being thrown from a moving vehicle.
"I heard a car door slam," said Blancato. "I looked up and saw the back end of a SUV leaving and a pitbull came charging at us."
Blancato, who is also the town's assistant animal control officer, took the puppy to the shelter where his wife, Sheryl, is the executive director.
Sheryl says the puppy has several injuries on his face and legs - which he says are unrelated to being thrown out of the vehicle.
"Where the wounds are, in my experience, they are probably related to dog fighting in one way," said Sheryl.
The shelter says Blake was probably used as bate in those fights - and it was likely his good natured temperament that saved him from that life.
"They're not interested in that," said Blancato. "Can't make any money. There's no blood to be had from a dog like this, so they abandoned him."
Blake will remain at the shelter and get the necessary medical attention he needs before being put up for adoption.
Meanwhile, the Blancatos say an investigation into the incident has been launched - and hope they find who ever did this as quickly as possible.
"I'm sure if what we believe is true, he's not the only one in trouble," said Sheryl.