In Asbury Park, New Jersey, officers with the Humane Law Enforcement for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) responded to a complaint from a neighbor reporting two dogs had been abandoned at a Monroe Avenue home.
According to the Facebook page of the organization, as officers approached, the female dog now dubbed Rosie (aptly named for her warm and sweet personality) had been left tethered to a fence in the yard. As the officers got closer, the dog’s shocking and disturbing condition was chronicled:
“…as we approached we saw the gruesome reality that she had been living. Rosie was covered in bite wounds, old and new, which ranged from the size of a thumb tack to the size of a quarter. The majority of punctures were on her face and head, some being inside her mouth, which had abscessed to the size of golf balls.”
At first, no one could even tell if Rosie’s one eye had been missing as it was swollen and oozing with blood and pus. The other dog, a male was not injured and in good shape; both dogs were taken to the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital where they were assessed; Rosie was then sent to the Monmouth County SPCA for treatment in Eatontown.
“Rosie has shown no aggression towards other animals since she has been at the shelter, so we believe she was being used as a bait dog. With dog fighting, a bait dog is used as “practice” for other dogs; they are restrained sometimes with their mouths taped and their legs bound so they have no chance at defending against an attack. Rosie is lucky to have been found when she was and is now in the best of hands, receiving constant care from our staff and feeling free of pain.”
A special page has been created to help raise funds for Rosie’s care. Veterinarians will need to operate on her left eye and it is hoped her vision can be restored. To help Rosie and other animals in dire need of veterinary care, please consider a donation. MCSPCA (Rosie) at 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, New Jerseyy 07724.
Photo courtesy of MCSPCA.