Two young, adorable West Highland terrier mixes were found stuffed in a duffel bag in Bronx between River Avenue and Mansion Street. The dogs were so weak they couldn’t even walk. The dogs were extremely thin, covered in maggots, and had pressure sores on their bodies.
The two canines, now named Fred and Ginger were taken to Animal Care and Control on September 17 for treatment after a Bronx resident reported finding them at the trash pile. They are expected to make a full recovery.
According to the Daily Mail, the Special Treatment and Recovery Fund established by Animal Care and Control in New York is paying for the dogs’ veterinary care. The Fund provides financial support for emergency treatment.
Executive director of AC&C, Julie Bank stated they “are working with the Bronx DA’s office to try to find out who is responsible for this.”
The tragedy of dog abandonment has continued to increase in the last few years. With the higher foreclosure rate and the amount of people losing their homes, dogs and cats are being left behind, but sadly there are even more reasons why some pet owners abandon their pets. Besides the loss of a family’s home, the most common reasons dogs are abandoned are:
- Inability to house train a pet
- Cost of veterinary care
- Too much barking
- Too active
- Too aggressive
Animal abandonment is considered animal cruelty and is a crime. Before you decide to just drop Fido off in a field in the country to fend for himself, consult a professional trainer, check the Internet for dog training suggestions, or call your veterinarian. Try to find a new home for your pet through your friends and acquaintances, or at the very least call local no-kill animal shelters. As a last resort, and only when there are no more options, call the city animal care and control organizations, but be aware that many shelters euthanize pets after only a few days, and surrendering your pet may very well be his death sentence.
Be a responsible pet owner. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.
Fred and Ginger will be available for adoption in a few weeks after they have gained weight and fully recovered. If you would like more information about these two beautiful dogs or any of the other dogs, please email email@example.com.
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