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Case ID: 18676
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Sep 30, 2011

County: Bristol

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Open
Case Images: 4 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A starving, emaciated dog, abandoned two months ago in a State Street, New Bedford apartment, jumped out of a third-story window in an apparent desperate search for food.

New Bedford police and the Animal Rescue League of Boston are investigating persons of interest who allegedly left two pit bull-type dogs in a vacant apartment. One of the dogs, a starving and emaciated one-year-old female, jumped from a third-story window on Friday, Sept. 30, searching for food. She broke her hip and hind leg, according to New Bedford Animal Control Officer Emmanuel Maciel.

Animal Control officers also found a weak, malnourished 4-month-old puppy inside the filthy, flea-infested apartment. The property manager said the tenant left the residence two months ago, but did not have the tenant's name or contact information.

Both dogs are receiving emergency care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay. Surgeons successfully repaired the one-year-old female's broken hip and hind leg, but she will require ongoing monitoring in addition to a special feeding program to address the effects of malnutrition. The four-month-old puppy is now eating and her electrolyte levels are sound. Staff at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialties report that she is active and alert, but will require further hospitalization for the time being.

"This constitutes felony cruelty against an innocent animal," said Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. "We are counting on the public to step forward with information to help bring the person or persons responsible to justice."

Anyone with information is urged to call New Bedford Animal Control Officer Emmanuel Maciel at 508-991-6366.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is asking for the public's help to offset the costs associated with the dogs' care and rehabilitation. Please make a donation by calling 617-426-9170, extension 615 or by visiting .

If you have information on this case, please contact:
New Bedford Animal Control Officer Emmanuel Maciel


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