DALLAS (CSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas now has custody of an injured dog found wandering loose on January 5 and Dallas police have launched an animal cruelty investigation.

Dallas Animal Services received a call about a loose dog near Bannok Avenue and the responding officers found the animal, named “Lucky”, roaming free with severe injuries to his left ear and neck.

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(credit: SPCA of Texas)

The 8-year-old male Shepherd mix was transferred to the SPCA two days later and underwent immediate surgery. A veterinarian examined Lucky and determined the dog had suffered several bite wounds around the head, neck and left ear — potentially from a fight with another dog.

The more than two-hour surgery involved removing the dog’s ear and removing a considerable amount of dead tissue.

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The vet believes the injuries were old and had gone untreated, because the wounds contained maggots and showed signs of decay.

(credit: SPCA of Texas)

The dog’s medical treatment happened after Dallas Animal Services identified the owner(s), and they agreed to surrender the dog. Officials say they may face criminal charges.

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The SPCA will continue to care for Lucky and he will be evaluated for placement once the police investigation is complete.