Dog, starved to the brink of death, found in Branford

An emaciated dog, starved to the brink of death, was found this week in Branford, Connecticut. The heartbreaking situation was revealed to followers of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter Facebook page on March 6:

The post begins with words of warning about the painful photos of the horribly neglected dog:

PLEASE BE ADVISED THESE PICTURES MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO VIEW!

This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty we have seen.

According to the shelter, around 11 a.m. on Monday morning, a woman stated that she was driving on Rte 1 in Branford, by the Big Y Plaza, when she was a dog walking, and then falling down. The woman stopped her vehicle and loaded the skeletal dog into her car for transport to the animal shelter.17190727_1375939399111073_3063517267592366657_n

The shelter is hoping that someone will recognize the dog and help provide information about who is responsible for her deplorable state of health. According to the veterinary specialists, the dog, dubbed “Hope,” has been starved for two to three months and she was within 24-48 hours of dying when she was found. Initial blood work has not revealed any infections or diseases – indicative of purposeful starvation on the part of whoever owned her.

On Wednesday, the shelter updated Facebook followers about Hope’s condition:

Here is the Hope Update for today. We will try to post an update each day between 12-7pm.

First Thank you to everyone who has shared Hope’s story, donated, called or inquired in some way on Hopes behalf.

Today brought better news than yesterday. At about 4 p.m. Hope finally was able to stand. As you can tell from the look on her face she is still uncomfortable. She is eating 1-2 tablespoons an hour and she is receiving 24 hour care. Her body temperature went from 96 degrees yesterday to 101 at 4 p.m. The recovery process for Hope will be long and she is still at a critical stage right now, but we are all feeling more optimistic seeing her stand today.

It is believed that Hope is a Labrador retriever/pit mix, but her skeletal condition makes an absolute determination difficult. Hope is believed to be 5-8 years of age and she is not spayed. Hope’s body shows signs that she was 17021617_1376948669010146_9014598871151326159_nconfined to a crate, or on a hard surface for an extended period of time (pressure sores)

The shelter has stated that a reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in this cruelty case:

Today we have received a very generous offer of a REWARD from Eric and Allison Maass of $2500.00 for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible. We will keep all information confidential.

Find the animal shelter Facebook page here.

(Photos via Facebook)


 

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14 replies
  1. willie hines says:

    So sad that we have people who get joy by watching animals suffer , they will surely do the same to a human , please get help also thank you very much the maass family for the large reward for these scum person or oersons who did this is the reward dead or alive .

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  2. Johanna Pontin says:

    Some of these posts are hard to read, but we must do so, and we must sign petitions, and share. It is the least we can do for our furry children!

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  3. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I hope you find who did this to this Poor innocent baby. She deserves SO MUCH MORE!!!! Thank You for finding her in time and for helping her. God be with you Hope.

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  4. pennysdachshund says:

    The Bastards that did this NEED to be Shot between the Eyes!! Of course that won’t happen and hopefully the reward will buy enough drugs that their buddies will Narc them out!!! Utter and Complete too Worthless to take up space on this Planet!!! Hope you have the will to live or otherwise you would have given UP!! I hope you make it and find a good home…

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  5. Solveig Pettersson says:

    Wish you a good renovering sweet HOPE !!!! GLad you be find ???????????????? Big Hugs from Sweden

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  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    Thank God a good Samaritan found Hope and she is getting the loving care she was denied by some maggot so called ‘owner’. IF this POS is ever found, little to nothing will happen to him because the justice system sucks for animal abuse. This piss poor excuse for a human being should just be fed to a wood chipper feet first – no need for any sort of arrest, conviction or jail time – they do not deserve to live. I truly Hope recovers and gets the safe loving home she obviously never had.

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  7. Kathleen Drude says:

    Her name will be her banner! To the thing who did this to this beautiful Great Dane karma has got nothing on me! Hope will bring to me the info that leads to payback!

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