Authorities were shocked on Thursday in Stratford, New York after finding 22 French mastiffs dead or barely surviving on a rural property located on County Route 104. The New York State Police had been called in to investigate reports of animal abandonment when the disturbing discovery was made.
According to AbcNews, nine of the dogs were dead and the 13 surviving animals “were in various stages of emaciation.” Police had no idea when the dogs had last eaten, and there was no food or water found on the property. Some of the dogs were found inside of the residence while others had been left in cages outdoors. The dogs have been moved to the Brennan Humane Society. The organization posted their “wish list” to help these dogs. An announcement on the rescue’s Facebook page asked for the following assistance:
“We currently have twelve of the seized mastiffs in our care. At this time we are most in need of bleach, laundry soap, paper towels, blankets, towels and canned food. Legally their future remains uncertain, but we will keep everyone posted if and when they become available for adoption. We are grateful for the huge amount of support that we are receiving.”
The breed, referred to as French mastiffs, also known as the Dogue de Bordeaux, are large dogs weighing anywhere from 100 to 130 pounds. A very powerful breed, it is imperative the dogs be raised so as their temperaments are steady and dependable. To read more about this handsome breed, click here.
Authorities are searching for the alleged owner of the dogs, Bentley A. Valdez. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police at 518.853.3720.
(Photo of the French mastiffs via News10 and Gentle Giants Rescue)
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