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Case ID: 19073
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012

County: Morris

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 2 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Someone left a dog for dead in last Tuesday night's sub-zero temperatures, and local officials are seeking the public's help in finding out who is behind such cruelty. The dog was found near death underneath a township home on Wednesday morning, but appears to be on the mend at the local animal shelter.

According to Pequannock Township police Capt. Dan Dooley, at about 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, a Caroline Avenue resident reported "an extremely injured dog" that she had found underneath her deck.

"The dog was extremely weak and had severe skin lesions and damage from neglect and the weather, being around 15 degrees overnight," said Capt. Dooley. "The Police Department and Animal Control are trying to find the dog's owner as there is obvious neglect and it looks like the dog was purposely left outside during the extreme temperatures."

The captain added that the Police Department has no recent reports of missing dogs and has no records to ascertain the identity of the owner.

When Animal Control responded to pick up the dog, the pit bull mix seemed to express relief, said Capt. Dooley.

Pequannock Township Animal Control Officer Shannon Casserly said the almost completely hairless dog has been named "Honey" by shelter workers because she has a tiny patch of honey-colored fur.

"She was just dumped somewhere and left to fend for herself in that weather," said Casserly. "She's really a sweetheart."

"[The owner] could have just turned her into the animal shelter," said Capt. Dooley. "They didn't have to just leave her outside to die."

What's more, said Casserly, is that Honey, who appears to be a young dog, shows evidence of having recently given birth.

While Honey just slept the entire day when she was first brought back indoors, by the second day she was up and walking around the shelter a little bit, said Casserly.

Honey is being treated with antibiotics because she has scabs all over her body, said Casserly, and the shelter is awaiting test results to find out if Honey has mange or ringworm.

"We're trying to find out who thought it was a good idea to leave her out there," said Casserly. "If anyone has any information or recognizes this dog, please contact us."

The Pequannock Police Department can be reached at 973-835-1700. The animal shelter can be reached at 973-835-3980. Callers can stay anonymous.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Pequannock Police Departmen
973-835-1700

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