In Dublin County, North Carolina, a terribly neglected German shepherd destined to be adopted by the state trooper who rescued him in the middle of a road less than a week ago, passed away on Friday evening. On the Facebook page of the Pet Friends of Duplin County came the sad announcement regarding the abused dog:
“It is with great sadness that we let you know, Duck passed away during the night. It has been a very difficult day for everyone who fell in love with this unbelievable sweet dog. The shelter has vowed to get justice for Duck.”
According to news station Wcti12, State Trooper Justin Gardner found the starved German Shepherd on a bridge on Sarecta Road outside of Kenansville and brought him to animal services for help. Staff members at the shelter immediately began to treat the starving 37-pound dog, dubbed Duck and described his injuries as one of the worst cases of animal neglect and cruelty they had ever seen. Chances are the dog had been confined to a cage for an extended period of time – so much so his growth appeared to have been stunted. When found, the young dog’s feet were swollen and blistered from standing in his own feces and urine.
Trooper Gardner had fallen in love with Duck and had planned to adopt him. Sadly, that was not to happen. Animal services are looking for the person responsible for abusing Duck. Anyone with information is asked to call (910).296.2159. Help Duck find justice.
Photos of abused dog Duck courtesy of Pet Friends of Duplin County.
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