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Neglected Mastiffs Endangered in Freezing Weather



These three beautiful mastiffs will be sleeping inside tonight, on warm beds, for the first time in their lives. Diamond, Bones and Bear are a mastiff family that were living in the most horrendous conditions at a residence in Plainfield, NJ.

Diamond, a 3 year old female, was kept for breeding and spent her life in a small, dilapidated cage. Bones, 4 years old, is the dad that was kept on heavy chains in the backyard along with his son, Bear, 2 years old. Bones and Bear were both chained to trees and left out in the elements. Snow, ice, freezing temperatures, and no shelter for any of these sweet dogs.

What shelter they had can be seen in these dreadful pictures, and include collapsed runs with torn tarps thrown over them, and tiny, broken cages that were too small to house the large mastiffs. Fresh food and water were nearly non-existent, and human interaction was scarce.

When our AHS Newark facility began receiving complaints about the conditions that these three dogs were living in, our Animal Control Officers went right over to assess the situation. They discovered immediately that the dogs were not being properly cared for, and that they were living in inhumane conditions. The owners planned on ridding themselves of the dogs as soon as they moved out of the home. Since the laws prohibit us from taking the dogs from a neglectful owner without authorization from a law enforcement agency, we needed to make every effort to persuade the owner to sign the dogs over to us so we could get them to safety. We felt it necessary to use our Res-Q Fund to make an offer to the owner that could not be refused, and luckily, we were able to have the dogs surrendered to us.

Diamond, Bones and Bear arrived at Popcorn Park and couldn't be happier to be warm, safe and getting lots of attention.

Young Bear, above, as well as the other two mastiffs, is suffering with an ocular abnormality called entropion, which causes their eyelids to be inverted and causes severe irritation and pain. We have already scheduled them to receive the much needed surgery to correct this condition. Each of the Mastiffs is also suffering from ear infections, which are being treated.

We will also be neutering and spaying the trio and getting them all cleaned up and on the road to recovery. They are in excellent spirits and are very happy to have good meals tonight, large water bowls, and lots of beds and blankets on our heated floors.

Rescuing this mastiff trio was a bit costly, but something that had to be done and a situation that we simply could not turn on our backs on. Please consider making a donation to our Res-Q Fund to help with the care of this lovely family. After thorough medical evaluation and treatment, Diamond, Bones and Bear will all be looking for a fresh start in life in wonderful, loving homes. Please contact our AHS Popcorn Park facility with any inquiries at 609-693-1900, and thank you for helping us to help this deserving young family.

2/5/2015

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