Bag of bones abandoned at park

‘Bag of Bones’ abandoned at park has died

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A “bag of bones,” who was abandoned with a blanket at a Delaware County, PA, park last month, has died. The emaciated dog, dubbed Sly, was picked up by a humane officer after a contractor noticed him struggling at Deshong Park in Chester on April 24.

Sly was taken to Providence Animal Center where an exam revealed that he had an intestinal blockage from a rope chew toy. There is speculation that Sly’s owners may have abandoned him after learning that expensive surgery would be needed to save his life.

Though the surgery was successful, Sly ultimately succumbed to the neglect – Providence Animal Center shared word of Sly’s passing with Facebook followers on Sunday:

With incredible sadness, we must share the news that Sly has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. His expert team of caretakers at Penn made every effort to stabilize him, and in the end, his lungs just couldn’t handle it. We’re grateful he received one last kiss this afternoon from his beloved Dr. Croce. We’re proud we could do absolutely everything possible to attempt to save him – all because of the support we received from you. We will forever be left with Sly’s oversized footprints on our collective (currently broken) heart. We love you, big boy. It’s been an honor.

The animal center wants the public to know that there is help for people who are in need of expensive, life-saving care for their pets…abandoning should never be an option.

Humane officers are gathering information in Sly’s case and charges may be forthcoming.

(Providence Animal Center)

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12 replies
  1. Nadya Rossi says:

    Uh huh. Pennsylvania. Inner city. Dogfighters. No conscience, no compassion, no humanity. I think we all know who is responsible.

  2. Red says:

    RIP sweet Sly………may your abusers/owners be found by karma and pay severely for starving you to death.

  3. Marni Montanez says:

    A vet around there must know this dog and who he belonged to . That is atrocious. What is wrong with these ignorant people?

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Poor Sly – abused, abandoned and left to suffer and die because whoever owned him considered him a disposable object – I sincerely hope the maggot shit owners get a fatal encounter with an 18 wheeler – they totally deserve it.

  5. Debbie says:

    Just crying my eyes out. The owner could have asked for help. Asked and or try to seek help in some way. Disposing of this sick dying dog is the most pathetic inhumane thing on the fricking planet! You deserve a LOT OF JAIL TIME. FINANCIAL COMPENSATION for all costs incurred to treat Sly. And before you can ever own another animal you need to have to attend class and learn how to properly take care of them etc.

  6. Adrienne says:

    For Sly to get to this point whoever had him didn’t want pay to remove the rope chew toy. They could have easily asked the vet what they could do because the surgery was too costly. I am sure the vet or his staff could suggested something or relinquish Sly to someone/group who could. Leaving your dog in a park with a blanket showed some caring but not enough as a human being to do.I guess they thought he would be rescued immediately, treated, and adopted by another family. Sorry Sly, your family failed you and hope they regret every day what they did to you.


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