The Chihuahua mix stands out among the other animals at the Columbus Animal Care and Control Center.
The little dog looks like he walked out of a Taco Bell commercial -- with one large exception.
Someone thought he was a canvas.
Written in ink are the word "TRIX" and three dollar signs on his left side, eight more dollar signs on his right side, black rings around both eyes, and a face drawn on his rear end making the tail appear to be a nose.
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"It looks like it was a bored kid with an ink pen or permanent marker," said Director of Special Enforcement Drael Short.
Sue Sternberg, who operates an animal shelter in New York’s Catskill Mountains, was in the Columbus shelter Tuesday morning when Short was showing the dog to a visitor.
"There is something about it that seems wrong," said Sternberg, who has been working in shelters for nearly three decades.
The dog was picked up last Friday from a home in Midtown.
Cheryl Myers reluctantly called Animal Control after the animal showed up on her front stoop and would not leave.
"He was just sitting there scared to death," Myers said.
She approached him and he growled at her. So she put out some water and turkey.
"He didn’t touch it when I was out there, but it was all gone when I went back," Myers said.
Sara Welsh, who has worked at the city animal shelter for 21 years, said she had never seen an animal brought in such a condition.What was most disconcerting, she said, was that the dog appeared to be shaved before he was marked up. Welsh was able to fade some of the markings by trying to wash them away.
The dog appears to be a couple of years old, but he may not make it much longer. If it is not claimed by the owner or adopted by the end of Thursday, he will be put to death.
"I would like to see the owner come forward and confirm this was some kid with a marker," Short said. "But that may not happen."To find out more information about the dog, call 706 653-4512.