MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) said a 10-12 week old Rottweiler who was discovered abandoned and severely injured, underwent a four-hour surgery to repair his jaw on Friday. The puppy was left to die in a box at a parking lot of a Troy gas station on February 7.

“This is clearly a cruelty case,” said Ashley Jeffrey Bouck, CEO of MHHS.

According to officials, the puppy’s jaw was broken on both sides and his ribs were fractured in at least seven locations. A good Samaritan brought the pup to MHHS on Monday, after they heard sounds of cries coming from the box in the cold. The Humane Society said he has plates on both sides of his jaw with seven screws on the right side and eight on the left to hold his little jaw together.

The initial surgery was $11,000, according to Bouck. MHHS set up a fund for Deniro’s care. They’re grateful for all the community has done already. Unfortunately, it won’t be the pup’s last battle.

“Those metal plates are going to have to be removed in a couple of months. That’s another surgery,” Bouck said, and he’s continuing to grow so he’s going to need ongoing dental support.”

Officials said the pup, now named Deniro, can begin his healing process following his first surgery. MHHS continues to ask for the community’s help to identify anyone involved, who has seen this dog, knows its owner, or has any information.

MHHS urges anyone with information to reach out to their tip line at (518) 434-8128, extension 203, or email animalcruelty@mohawkhumanesociety.org, with a detailed message and callback information. They said these are lines are for tips only.

In addition, MHHS and police ask anyone who has surveillance footage who lives near the RPI campus, including Congress Street to check their footage between the evening of Sunday, February 6, and Monday, February 7. MHHS said adoption requests are not being taken at this time, as Deniro will be in foster care for months.