The owner of an emaciated German shepherd failed to appear in Wareham County Court in Massachusetts on Thursday for arraignment on animal cruelty charges, reports the Middleborough Wicked Local.
Kevin Kennedy’s dog chewed off his own rear foot to escape from being trapped from a tether twisted around his foot for days or weeks at his home. The long-haired shepherd named Maverick was seized on July 12 by Officer Chelsea Weiand after Middleboro Animal Control in Massachusetts, found the dog and rushed him to an emergency veterinarian clinic for immediate help. Veterinarians discovered the severe wound to the dog’s right rear foot.
“Clearly he had been entangled by his own leash many times in the past,” stated Weiand in a press release. “Unfortunately he was unable to free himself this last time.”
The dog’s other legs were also covered in rope burns and scars that had healed over in the past. On July 27, Maverick underwent surgery and has since been adopted. More than 1,000 people wanted to adopt the friendly dog.
Donations for Maverick’s care poured into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; remaining funds had been forwarded to “Spike’s Fund” which helps more animals in need of veterinary care.
Kennedy was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty for neglect and failure to obtain necessary veterinary care. If found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000. A default warrant was issued and police are now searching for him. (Photo: MSPCA)
Read more about Maverick’s story here.
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