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Do you recognize this dog?

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At 64 pounds and about 1 year old, “Chip” looks like a fairly healthy dog, says Lori O’Pry of the Stafford County SPCA. The black-and-white dog, that looks to be a lab and pit bull mix, has great teeth, strong bones and loves human attention.

That’s why the SPCA is asking questions after he was found with a broken back leg on Courthouse Road on Sunday morning. “For someone to lash out and strike and hit that bone, it’s very deliberate,” said O’Pry, the SPCA’s director of operations.

At first, she and executive director Bill Hoyt thought the friendly dog had been hit by a car, based on what a caller had told them on the phone. But Chip’s injuries are inconsistent with that type of trauma, they discovered, because only his leg is affected. He doesn’t have any other cuts, bruises, liver or rib injuries. Now, the SPCA is asking for the community’s help in paying for the dog’s extensive vet bills to repair his leg. Already, donors have given more than $1,000 on the organization’s page, which the shelter uses occasionally to raise funds.

If you have information, call the SPCA at 540/657-7387 or Animal Control Officer Warnick at 540/658-7387.