Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter, in Newark, New Jersey, is offering a reward for information about an emaciated puppy who was abandoned outside of an apartment complex in Newark on August 19.
The animal welfare agency has announced the offering of a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for neglecting and abandoning the puppy, who has been dubbed Petunia.
In a release, the shelter explains what is known about the cruelty case:
“Animal Control for the city of Newark received the call at 3:51 p.m. to go out to the Grafton Avenue apartment complex to retrieve a puppy that was abandoned. The ACO spoke to a witness at the scene who stated that when she saw a car pull in, she assumed they were dumping trash but when they pulled away, there was a puppy tied to the fence. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to get the license plate of the vehicle.”
The puppy was rushed to the shelter, where an exam revealed the extent of her injuries and pitiful state of health from being neglected:
“Our veterinarian estimates her to be approximately five months old and sadly, she weighs just 10 pounds. She was covered in urine and feces, as well as blood. Examination revealed her to be extremely dehydrated, so fluids were immediately administered. Puncture wounds were discovered under scars that were crusted over which are likely the result of bites from another animal, and her teeth are in poor condition for such a young dog. Her overall body condition is very poor but despite this, she has a strong appetite and is grateful for all the help that she’s receiving.”
Though Petunia has been subjected to unimaginable cruelty, she has maintained a sweet and loving disposition. The animal welfare agency writes:
“Petunia has been greeting staff members with kisses and craves to be held. She is probably the happiest, safest, and most cared for that she’s ever been, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that she has every chance at living a long, full, happy life in a wonderful home once she has recovered from the terrible treatment that she endured.”
If you have any information in this case, please contact our AHS Newark facility at 973-824-7080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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