EXCLUSIVE: Animal cruelty in Scranton dog found in critical condition

Dickson City, Lackawanna County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A humane officer wants your help in solving a case of animal neglect.

The odds are stacked against a dog found sick, malnourished and seemingly left for dead. It has been more than 24 hours since the dog was discovered. The veterinarian tells me the black lab mix is still in critical condition, per this story being written. 

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"It's so sad that she has come to this. It didn't have to be this way," said Jess Farrell, interim Executive Director, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. 

Holding her paw, Farrell lays next to her new best friend. The dog has only ten percent chance of survival. Workers at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter are holding on to the possibility of overcoming those odds by naming the dog, Hope. 

"She's malnourished, her ribs are sticking out, her hip bones are sticking out, she can barely sustain the right temperature for a dog," said Farrell. 

It was found on Scranton's eastside Wednesday evening on Linden Street. Scranton's Animal Control brought Hope to the shelter later that night. When staff opened for the day Thursday the dog was dehydrated and brought to Memorial Veterinary Hospital in Dickson City. Tests found a severe infection. An IV and antibiotics are keeping the hope of survival alive. 

"She didn't get there by herself she can't walk, she was either dumped or got out of a house or a yard in that area," said Lisa Lowry, Cruelty Investigator for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. 

Lowry is investigating animal cruelty and needs the public's help. She asks anybody who might have seen suspicious activity to speak up and contact the shelter. 

"We're looking for anything, something that may seem trivial to somebody else might be a clue to us for who we are looking for," said Lowry. 

With comfort there's optimism and where there's optimism there's hope. "I just hope she knows that we're there. That someone cares about her because it's so sad," said Farrell. 

The Humane Society tells me if you are struggling to care for an animal they ask drop it off at your local animal shelter. 

To provide information regarding the investigation you are asked to call (570) 586-3700.


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