Dog, starved to the brink of death, found in Branford March 8, 2017/14 Comments/in animal cruelty /by Penny EimsAn 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. 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 confined 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) Have you seen the crazy cat commercial that has gone “viral?” Click here to watch.