By the time animal control officials found McFly, a 3-month-old dog, in a wooded area in Southeast Washington he was barely alive.
He had numerous bite wounds, and someone had tried to slice his throat with a sharp object, officials said.
“He was basically left for dead,” said Scott Giacoppo, a spokesman for the Washington Humane Society, the group that found McFly in October.
On Wednesday, officials charged Christopher Wayne Johnson, 28, and Mark Donell Mosley, 28, both of the District, with cruelty to animals. Johnson pleaded guilty in July to an animal fighting charge in D.C. Superior Court and was put on a two-year probation.
McFly is a bull terrier with black and white fur and a black spot over his left eye.
Animal control officials said they were told in October of dog fighting in the 600 block of 46th Place SE. They searched the area, found a dead cat and dog and followed a trail of blood that lead them to McFly.
He was “covered in blood” and had numerous bite wounds over his body and three slashes to his throat, according to Giacoppo.
“It appears they tried to cut his throat, and they were unsuccessful, but the wounds they left behind in trying to do that were just horrible,” Giacoppo said.
McFly underwent several medical procedures and has made a full recovery, he said. The Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia is taking care of him, and he is described as being “healthy and happy.” McFly is awaiting adoption.
“We were actually quite surprised he did make it,” Giacoppo said. “Luckily the suspects weren’t good at what they did. If they were, he’d be dead.”
Animal control officials said they are still investigating how the other dog and cat ended up dead.
Giacoppo said McFly can eat, drink and bark normally and has suffered no long-term impacts.
“To come back from major dog fighting and lacerations after his throat was cut and be friendly,” Giacoppo said, “that just gives you a picture of the resiliency of this dog.”
Peter Hermann contributed to this report.