An ex-racing greyhound that had its ears cut off before being abandoned in the Ballycraigy area is recovering at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.
The dog, thought to be around 18 months old, was found on the Ballycraigy Road shortly before 8pm on Monday, June 24.
Its ears had been cut off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced.
Police officers took the distressed dog to Farmhill Veterinary Clinic in Carrickfergus where it was treated for its injuries.
The dog, named Norman by staff at the clinic, is now being looked after at the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.
George Anderson, chairman of the sanctuary, described the dog’s injuries as “absolutely horrendous.”
“I wouldn’t even call the people who did this animals - an animal wouldn’t be so cruel.
“They are the scum of the earth as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
Acknowledging the “wonderful care” Norman received from the staff at Farmhill Vets, Mr Anderson said: “I can’t thank them enough, the treatment he received was second to none.
“He had an operation on both ears and he’s all stitched up now. He’s at the sanctuary now and he’s looking much better than before.”
Mr Anderson said that when the dog’s injuries have healed the sanctuary will try to find him a new home.
He said that there has already been a lot of interest from people offering to rehome Norman, including a call from someone in the United States offering him a new home in Florida.
Anyone who would like to offer Norman or another unwanted dog a new home should call Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary on 9446 3993 or log on to www.midantrimanimalsanctuary.org
Police have confirmed that they are still working to identify the dog and its previous owners and are seeking the public’s help.
“Officers are extremely grateful to everyone who has been in touch with them so far and for all efforts to assist the investigation and identify the perpetrators of this cruelty,” a PSNI spokesperson said.
Investigating officers have urged anyone with information on the cruelty inflicted on Norman to contact them on 0845 600 8000.