Carbon County Friends of Animals are asking for the community's help to locate a dog that has been on the loose since October.

Donna Crum, a volunteer at CCFOA, said the organization has been receiving reports of a white pitbull roaming around an area between Mahoning and East Penn townships over the last few months. The dog is in dire need of veterinary attention, Crum said, noting that residents who have spotted the animal said it is extremely emaciated from lack of proper nourishment, its ribs are showing through its skin and it hardly has any hair left on its body.

"We've been trying to catch this dog but are having difficulty catching it," she said, adding that every time the animal is spotted, as soon as it sees a human, it runs back into the woods.

The dog has most frequently been seen between Mahoning Mountain Road, Smithlane Road and the Sunrise Terrace development. CCFOA is referring to the K-9 as Tia Marie Torrez.

Tracy Shupp, who lives on Smithlane Road, said she sees the dog frequently.

"We see it at least two to three times a week," she said, adding that it seems to stay in the area. "He doesn't look hurt but he looks hungry."

Shupp added that it appears the dog has a red collar with part of a leash still attached to it around its neck.

"He has to be somebody's dog," she noted.

Crum said they are looking for anyone who sees the dog to contact CCFOA at (570) 325-9400 and leave a message or her at (610) 703-6558 so that she can place a dog trap on their property in the hopes of catching the animal.

She stressed the importance of the public not approaching the dog if seen because of the condition it is in.

Crum also said that if the dog's owner needs help, to please contact either CCFOA or herself.