Dog rescued in Lomita has gang tattoo across his belly

Larry Altman (Daily News Los Angeles) | July 22, 2013

Petey the pit bull chomped on his stuffed toy and tugged on his leash outside a Torrance house Friday, jumping up to greet visitors who wanted to photograph his belly.

When he rolled over onto his back, he revealed something unimaginable and cruel — the name of a Los Angeles-area gang tattooed across his skin.

“I’m speechless,” said Randy, a Torrance man affiliated with ROMP Rescue, a San Fernando Valley-based group that helps to save dogs and train them for permanent homes. “I can’t understand why they would do that. The pain involved is obviously more than any puppy should have to endure.”

Randy did not want his last name published, fearing the gang members who once owned the dog might come back for him.

A woman found the 46-pound pit bull about a month ago tied to a pole outside a doughnut shop in the 1800 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Lomita.

“He was crying,” Randy said. “She saw him and she called the police and they said they would call animal control. Neither one ever showed up.”

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