also doesn't show signs of baiting: scars on his belly and jugular or marks around his paws where bait dogs are tied down so fighting dogs can learn how to attack.
"I can imagine that at some point something worse could have happened than what had already been occurring,” said Gibb, who's been working with Alf since March.
Alf's fears were typical of abused dogs, she said. He was afraid of loud noises, sudden movements and people holding objects. He was scared of things over his head, such as ceiling fans. He was terrified of doorways. For fighting dogs, leaving a room meant going somewhere dangerous, possibly deadly, Gibb said. Alf and dogs like him collapsed into a heap and had to be carried through doorways.
Alf is up for adoption this month, and Gibb hasn't decided whether she'll apply to keep him.
"It would be very hard imagining not having him in my life,” she said. "And my other critters wouldn't like it.”
But regardless of where Alf is given a permanent home, Gibb said she believes he will be a working dog. She isn't sure what type of work will suit him best, but she said he would be an excellent dog for educational outreach.