Animal Neglect Investigation


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Animal advocates in Susquehanna County are looking for the person — or people — who severely neglected a dog.   Workers at the “True Friends” Animal Shelter near Montrose say a German Shepard was found late last month in the Springville area — and we have to warn you — the images you’re about to see could be disturbing.  Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.

dog on the mend

Meet Jerry… The German shepherd. He’s recovering tonight after being found severely malnourished in Susquehanna County. When he was found… Jerry had a highly contagious skin disease — and as the pictures show — his nails were extremely long.

  “He had almost no muscle mass to him at all which makes us think he was probably confined to a small space where he couldn’t move around” explained Marci Zeiler, Animal Care Specialist.

Workers at the True Friends Animal Shelter say Jerry was found near Route 29 in Springville. They believe he was abandoned by his owner.

  “We’re hoping if anybody knows anything about where Jerry came from, they can certainly come forward anonymously,” said Dory Browning.

Dory Browning is Director of the Shelter. While her facility is currently packed to the brim — she tries not to turn any dog away.

  “The sad thing is, these people might have other animals that are going through the same thing!” noted Browning.

After just a few days at true friends — Jerry has started gaining weight. His prognosis is good.

   “He spends most of his time on our shoulders, licking our face. He’s very, very sweet, loves people even though people did this to him. He’s very forgiving, just a really sweet dog!” added Zeiler.

Jerry is expected to continue his recovery in the coming days with the help of a foster family.

     Anyone who has any information on the case can call state police in Gibson or the True Friends shelter.

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