Plantation Police are investigating an animal cruelty case after a dog was found with severe injuries to its mouth after someone tied its muzzle shut.
The dog, Princess, had been found wandering in the 7000 block of W. Sunrise Boulevard on July 18. Officers had to chase the dog down and discovered that its muzzle had been bound.
The muzzle had caused injuries to the dog's jowls and she was taken to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, where doctors said her injuries could be life threatening due to infection.
Police said Princess, a pit bull mix, had a collar with tags, and her owner was found in Lauderhill. The owner said Princess had run away from home on July 12 and that attempts to find her were unsuccessful, even after posting an ad on the internet on July 14.
The day before Princess was found, on July 17, a 911 caller reported seeing a man abandon a dog near the Florida's Turnpike overpass on W. Sunrise Boulevard, police said. The dog matched the description of Princess.
Police said it's estimated Princess' mouth was bound for between 4 and 14 days. The case is being investigated as an act of animal cruelty, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.