photo: Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit

Stray Dog Found With 200 Puncture Wounds, Suspect Sought

June 29, 2018 - 11:09 am

DEARBORN (WWJ) - Little Emlyn was found walking the streets with more than 200 puncture wounds and now, authorities are trying to identify the person responsible for her injuries. 

Katie Johnson, with Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, said Dearborn Police brought the mixed breed dog to the shelter on Tuesday after finding her running loose near Michigan Avenue and Wyoming Street. A veterinarian determined she had hundreds of puncture wounds, several of which were infected. 

"Some are fresh but there were older ones so he is thinking whatever she experienced happened over a period of time," Johnson told WWJ's Zahra Huber. "He said it was most likely that she was used as a bait dog for dog fighting, which is so heartbreaking for her. She's really sweet and we're just so sad to see such a nice dog come in with such serious injuries. He said it's likely from dog bites."

photo: Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit

Johnson and other volunteers named the dog Emlyn, which is an English name for a brave and noble warrior. They think she's about 2-years-old. 

"She had drains in some of the wounds to help them heal. I mean, she's definitely still in serious condition," Johnson said. "We are going to try to move her back to the shelter today and try to find a foster home for her, somebody who can provide the ongoing treatment. She's going to need her wounds cleaned every day in order to recover. She's also on a significant amount of pain medication because she has a lot of significant injuries. But hopefully we're on the road to recovery for her now."

The shelter is offering a $1,000 cash reward that leads them to the person responsible for Emlyn's injuries.

"We don't have a lot of information about where Emlyn came from or who might have done this to her. We really would like anyone that has information on what happened to Emlyn to come forward," Johnson said. "Emlyn is as sweet as can be and she was definitely not the aggressor in any of this, what happened to her. ... We're looking to find justice for her."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the shelter at 313-943-2697. If you would like to donate to help pay for Emlyn's vet bills, visit