Puppy Found With Hair Tie Around Mouth So Tight It Cut 'Down to the Bone'

A dog in Cincinnati was found by a "good Samaritan" with a small hair tie around her mouth, causing deep cuts to the bone in a shocking case.

The puppy was discovered roaming Lockland streets by a passersby, who brought her into the Cincinnati Animal CARE shelter on May 13. CAC named the dog Tiffany, after the staff's "favorite 80s pop star," Tiffany.

Dog Tiffany was found with deep wounds and severe swelling on her face after a hair tie was left around her upper muzzle. Despite the CAC describing the hair tie as "tiny," the cut it left "went down to the bone."

"Luckily, in emergencies like this, animals that come to Cincinnati Animal CARE receive immediate treatment," wrote the shelter in a Facebook post.

"Our on-site medical staff went to work to remove the hair tie and repair her wounds. She is resting comfortably tonight and already eating like a champ," the shelter continued.

According to the shelter, Tiffany is "healing well" and "eating and drinking normally." She is now being fostered by the "good Samaritans" that found her and brought her to safety.

"'I Think We're Alone Now' might not be a theme song for her though, this sweet girl will never have to be alone again," shared the shelter.

Newsweek has contacted Cincinnati Animal CARE for comment.

Little has been confirmed about exactly how the hair tie ended up on Tiffany's muzzle, but animal cruelty organization PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

PETA will award the money to any individual able to provide information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person responsible for Tiffany's injuries.

"This puppy should have been loved and cared for, but instead, someone apparently fastened a band around her muzzle, leaving her in pain and unable to eat or drink," PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O'Brien said in a statement to WLWT5. "PETA is seeking the public's help so that whoever abused this dog can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else."

Anyone who may have information about Tiffany is asked to contact the Hamilton County Dog Wardens at 513-541-7387.

In Ohio, knowingly committing an act of cruelty against a companion animal is classed as a misdemeanor of the first degree, while knowingly causing serious physical harm to a companion animal is a felony of the fifth degree.

Earlier this year, animal enforcement in Florida found a dog with a zip-tie around the neck, causing dangerous swelling. Hernando County Animal Services treated the dog and the head swelling was able to subside.