Info sought about abandoned sick puppy

Published 7:17 pm Saturday, July 20, 2019

Authorities are looking for the person who left a sick puppy in a crate along Old Ruckerville Road Friday morning.

Clark County Animal Shelter Director Adreanna Wills said the dog was taken to a veterinary hospital immediately. The puppy, who is 10 to 14 weeks old, has intestinal parasites, a skin condition and possible parvovirus, she said.

“He’s got a lot going on,” Wills said. “He’s not able to hold his head up.”

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After speaking with residents along Old Ruckerville Road, Wills said they believe the dog was abandoned between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Friday. The dog was left in a crate with food and water, but the dog was is such poor condition the food would not help, she said.

“It will be a long recovery,” she said.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, more than $1,500 has been raised through the shelter’s Facebook page for the puppy’s care.

Wills said the puppy could have been brought to the shelter, rather than being abandoned.

“There’s never a reason to leave an animal on the side of the road,” she said.

The shelter accepts all animals, including those surrendered and in poor health.

“An animal that’s just sick because they got into something … We’re not going to press changes if they’re trying to seek care,” Wills said.

There are also no fees to surrender an animal, she said.

The situation would be different if an animal’s injuries were obviously or intentionally inflicted by another person, she said. Then, there would be an investigation, she said

Anyone with any information about the puppy is asked to call the Clark County Animal Shelter at 859-737-0053.

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