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Sparkle - Chained and Abandoned behind Empty Home

When the AHS Newark shelter received a complaint concerning a possible cruelty in Maplewood, Animal Control Officer John Distano went to the address. In the backyard of an empty house is where this dog was languishing.

The Pit Bull was living among the trash, garbage and debris of an empty lot. Police were on the scene and since there were no one living at the address, they agreed that we could confiscate the dog. Once ACO Distano got her out of the horror that surrounded her, he removed the poorly fitting harness and short twisted heavy chain that kept her imprisoned in a small area. She was somewhat underweight. ACO Distano brought her into the ambulance where she was given cool water and dog food until she was satiated.

The pathetic pit bull was brought to the AHS Newark facility where the staff discovered a microchip and a call was immediately placed to the dog's owner. He advised that 5 year old dog is named Sparkle and since he moved to Roselle, he couldn't keep the dog and no longer wants the dog. He said he would come to feed her "once in a while". What a miserable human being! Could Sparkle possibly conceive of why she deserved to be living a hell on earth?

If someone had not called the Maplewood Police Dept., Sparkle would have died -- silently and alone. She enjoyed having an intake photo and this is not an unusual story. AHS sees many such sad cases in which pets are easily obtained with no plan,no concern and no moral sense for the future of an unwanted pet.

Sparkle is enjoying the freedom of being without the restrictions, hunger and thirst that she experienced. It is our hope that you will assist us in keeping our doors open by making a donation so that we may continue to help those without a voice. For more information on Sparkle, call the AHS at 973-824-7080 and refer to File 135096 or e-mail us.


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