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I-Team: Puppy abandoned in Pittston on its way to full recovery

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A puppy that was left for dead a month ago on a Pittston street is making a full recovery. Nova, an 8-month-old Pit Bull mix, was emaciated and near death.

There were concerns that she would die. The puppy named Nova will make it, so say her caretakers. And police say they are working several leads in an effort to find the person who neglected and abandoned the puppy.

“She’s great. She’s the cutest dog. She’s so happy. It’s incredible to see how much she trusts people after everything she’s been through. She’s an amazing dog,” Stevie Demark of Maxwell’s House Pet Resort said.

Nova looks quite different this week than she did a month ago when she was abandoned near Defoe Street in Pittston in the early morning hours of June 8th. She was emaciated and near death.

“It’s emotional, like incredible community-wide effort and just the love outpouring. Dr. McGarrey with free vet care, Corey coming down from Lackawanna County with free training. The SPCA, the police adopting her. I don’t know how much more you can ask a community to be involved,” Liz Nayavich of Maxwell’s House Pet Resort said.

Maxwell’s House Pet Resort volunteered to help nurse Nova back to health. They are working with Pittston City Police and the SPCA.

Police Sergeant William Lukasavage was the first officer on the scene that morning.

“It was heart-wrenching to see the dog in the condition she was in. Just so dejected and head down. It was terrible to see,” Sergeant Lukasavage said.

Several days after Nova was found, police released photos of a suspect and a suspect vehicle that was in the area that morning. Now the police and SPCA are following leads.

“Obviously we have acquired evidence and a lot of information, but we can always use more. There’s no doubt that there are people out there who know more. There’s a substantial reward out there. I believe it’s up to $2,500 to whoever comes up with information to prosecute Nova’s handler,” Pittston Police Chief Neil Murphy said.

“A lot of people are concerned about retaliation so they are afraid to step forward. We’re hoping that somebody will come forward and say yes we know who this dog is, who it belongs to,” SPCA Humane Officer Vicky Vangorder said.

Pittston Police are looking to adopt Nova so she can become a therapy dog for crime victims, namely children. If you have any information about this case, contact Pittston City Police or the SPCA.

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