A good Samaritan saw that I
was living in a vehicle in an apartment building parking lot, and called
Montgomery County Animal Control. The temperatures during the day were
in the single digits.
When the ACO (Animal Control Officer) arrived, she first observed that
there were NO foot or paw prints in the snow surrounding the vehicle.
She found me curled up inside the vehicle in a blanket desperately
trying to stay warm. The stench of my feces could be smelled even though
the closed doors and windows. When I stood up the ACO saw my emaciated
body. She rated my condition as a 5 on the Tufts
Animal Care and Condition Scale. The ACO immediately called for the
police to come. They ran the license plates and were able to locate mv
owner's mother, who in turn called my owner.
While they were waiting for my owner to
arrive, the ACO and the Police Officer removed me from the extremely
wretched and squalid dungeon that had been my home. I
immediately lunged desperately at the snow and gulped a huge mouthful. I
could not remember the last time I had water or even snow to quench my
thirst!! My 220 pound owner finally came out of the warm apartment where
he had been living during the freezing winter weather. He claimed that
his vehicle had broken down and that he had been unable to get it
The truth of my horrible life came out, though, as they ran my owner's
name through the computer system. I had been impounded in the past for
running at large, and in November it had been reported that I was living
in this same vehicle at a different address. My owner claimed he had
recently changed my food to a lesser quality food and that was why I was
so emaciated. He also said that I would dump my water over. The ACO told
my owner that I could not have gotten in this condition in a week. She
advised him that she was taking me to a veterinarian.
When we arrived at the veterinarian's office
it was determined that I was emaciated and extremely dehydrated. My
weight was 75 pounds, and the vet stated a normal weight for a dog of my
size should be at least 120 pounds.
After much debate between the ACO and the Director of the shelter, it
was decided to force my owner into releasing me instead of pursuing
cruelty and neglect charges. Their decision was made with my best
interest in mind. They decided that I needed to be taken to Rescue where
I could receive the proper medical and long term care that I so
desperately needed. The sad reality is that my owner, who claimed he
"loved" me but could not afford proper housing, food, and care for me, could come up
with the money to pay any fines the court would inflict on him as he had
done in the past, forcing the shelter to return me to the
living Hell I had been enduring.
I want to thank the Montgomery County Animal Control for coming to my
rescue and for their relentless efforts to ensure that I would not have
to return to my owner. As soon as my owner signed the release HHGDR
was contacted to come for me and in less then 24 hours I was at the
I will not be ready for
adoption for quite some time because I have to gain 40 to 50 pounds.
2/27/05: I have gained my weight
and I no longer am worried about when and where I will get my next
meal!! As you can see from the bottom 2 pictures I am a very handsome
A must to read before
picking your forever Dane!
Date of Birth: 10/2002
Description: male, black with white markings, cropped ears
HHGDR Suggests: Obedience Class
Good With: Dogs, Adults, Children, Cats
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