MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tied to the deck of a restaurant, a neglected dog in Blount County is in serious need of some TLC after it looks like someone left him to die.
“It's just hard,” says veterinary technician at Southwind Animal Hospital, Leann Allison.
After a short time at the hospital, 'Buddy Boy' is already winning the hearts of his caregivers. It was just days ago Sharma Floyd found him outside Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville.
“Unlock the door and put the umbrella up and he happen to just be laying there, underneath a table, tied to a little rope," recalls Floyd, owner of Shiloh Brew and Chew.
The black Cocker Spaniel, who is between 5 and 6 years old had been abandoned and Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of neglect they've seen.
Steven Phipps says, “His hair was matted, his toenails had curled 2 or 3 times, we really couldn't even see a dog under, we had to give him 2 or 3 baths just to start seeing the dog underneath the mess."
'Buddy Boy' has ear, eye and skin infections which require special shampoos and medications.
"You can bathe him and clean his ears and his eyes and he's like this, just a big teddy bear, just likes to be loved,” says Allison.
A loving home is where they hope he will end up next.
“He would much rather lay on a couch than in a kennel,” says Allison.
Phipps adds, "He's improving, he's doing better now."
'Buddy Boy' will go to a foster family Wednesday where he'll continue to recover. Officials say they have no idea who left him at the restaurant.