An elderly Labrador retriever mix named “Max,” is in protective custody after he was seized from his owners, who are accused of forcing him to live a tortured existence. According to Friday’s Citizens’ Voice, a mother and daughter, identified as 55-year-old Diane L. Cates and 18-year-old Jessica Cates, are facing animal cruelty charges for the alleged neglect of the dog whose name is “Max.”
Max was discovered in July after animal control officers received a report that a dog had been wearing a cone for an extended period of time. The officers found the 12-year-old malnourished dog with a severe flea infestation and loss of hair.
Humane officer Wayne Harvey, of the Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the publication:
“This dog was full of fleas, half its hair was missing and it was underweight. This dog was being tortured in my estimation, and it was going through hell.”
An exam revealed that Max is heartworm positive and anemic because of the swarms of fleas that were consuming his blood.
Max is reported to be improving now that he is receiving care.
(Image SPCA Luzerne County)
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