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Case ID: 11824
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Jul 16, 2007

County: New Haven

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Meriden Humane Society officials said they are dealing with one of the worst cases of neglect they have ever seen.

Society officials said that a small dog, infested with flies and maggots, was found left outside their doors early Monday morning.

They said that the dog would have died if it hadn't received medication and medical care when it did.

Humane society workers said that when they found the dog, he smelled so foul, that it was difficult for workers to get near.

"The smell of the urine and the maggots -- it was hard to get near him," said veterinarian technician Marcia Grant.

Grant has been caring for the dog, which she has named Mickey. Grant said she believes that Mickey is about a year old. She said that Mickey has been a bit nervous, but despite being neglected, he is still friendly.

Veterinarians at the Meriden Veterinary Hospital said that it is clear that no one ever cared for the dog. They said that Mickey's hair was so badly matted that flies laid eggs underneath it. Vets said that those flies turned into maggots and were eating the dog's flesh.

All of Mickey's fur had to be shaved in order for vets to treat his wounds.

Staff at the Humane Society said that Mickey was found in a small, cat-sized carrier.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Meriden Humane Society
203) 238-3650


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