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Thursday, May 5, 2005County: San Mateo
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Case Updates: 2 update(s) available
One poodle had to be euthanized and another will lose an eye after Peninsula Humane Society officers rescued a total of five older poodles that were "packed" in boxes and dropped off at the Pets in Need adoption building in Redwood City this morning.
After being called to the scene, PHS Humane Officer Brian Schenck found two large cardboard boxes, taped closed, with holes punched in their sides, apparently for ventilation. He discovered five older poodles and brought them to PHS/SPCA where they were rushed to the society's veterinary staff for treatment.
One of the poodles, a male, had to be euthanized. The dog, aged between 8-10 years, was not walking on his own and had severely atrophied leg muscles. His nails had not been clipped for some time and had grown around his toes which made walking unbearable. The dog had rotted teeth, a severe skin condition, infected ears, eye problems and open lesions.
The other four poodles, all female, and also aged between 8-10 years, appear to be in better condition, according to PHS lead veterinarian Dr. Linda Janowitz who spent much of her day examining and treating the dogs and administering mild sedatives.
All of them had not been groomed for some time and had matted fur. In addition, the dogs will need dental work, and medication for their ears and eyes. One of the females will likely have to have an eye removed.
Abandoned animals are often dropped off at the PHS but spokesman Scott Delucchi this situation was unusual.
"Five poodles taped up in a box. That's pretty rare," Delucchi said.
The PHS is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these dogs, as the owner did not provide much needed vet care and grooming when both were needed.
The owner could be charged with animal cruelty and animal abandonment.
Once cleared medically for adoption, the dogs will need to have their temperaments assessed. This process could be completed by next week. By law, PHS/SPCA cannot make these stray dogs available until four days past - and not including - the day of impound, Delucchi said.
Anyone with information on who owned the poodles is urged to call (650) 340-7022, ext. 320.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Peninsula Humane Society
650-340-7022, ext. 3
|The Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reward has doubled to $1000 for information about the person responsible for packing five severely neglected poodles into two boxes and abandoning them.|
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact (650) 340-7022 ext. 320.
|Source: CBS5.com - May 09, 2005|
Update posted on May 10, 2005 - 6:11AM
|The Peninsula Humane Society reported Thursday that four of five abused poodles that were abandoned in Redwood City are responding well to medical care and should be available for adoption in a week-and-a-half.|
The humane society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for leaving the severely neglected dogs on the doorstep of Pets in Need office on Fifth Avenue.
PHS Vice President Scott Delucchi said the owner could be charged with animal cruelty and animal abandonment because of the condition in which the dogs were found.
Anna Benedetti, a receptionist at Pets in Need, discovered the dogs early Tuesday morning "packed" in two large, taped-up, cardboard boxes with man-made air hole.
"There was three crammed in one box and two crammed in another. I just started crying. I've never seen anything so bad in my life," Benedetti said. "I thought their legs werebroken; I was later told they were malformed."
Delucchi said one of the dogs was in such poor shape that it had to be euthanized on Wednesday.
The four other poodles, all females estimated at 8 to 10 years old, were in better condition but required a lot of medical attention.
Delucchi stated the four dogs had not been groomed in a long time and had matted fur and overgrown nails. Some had rotten teeth that had to be pulled and ear and eye infections. Delucchi stated one of the dogs will likely have to have an eye removed.
Delucchi stated the dogs may be available for adoption in a week and a half, after they are spayed and monitored for temperament.
Anyone with information on who owned the poodles is urged to call (650) 340-7022, ext. 320. People wishing to make a donation to the shelter's HopeProgram, which funds medical treatment for neglected pets, or the Cruelty Investigation Program can call Lisa Van Buskirk at (650) 340-7022, ext. 327.
|Source: San Mateo County Times - May 8, 2005|
Update posted on May 9, 2005 - 10:11AM
- The Daily Journal - May 5, 2005
- San Mateo County Times - May 5, 2005
- San Mateo County TImes - May 8, 2005
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