Sadly, all too often the strays that come through our doors are dogs that have been passed around, given away, and for each time they are given free to a good home, their precious lives have less value and appreciation by the new home.
The AHS Tinton Falls facility was called at 6:00 a.m. by the Asbury Park Police Dept. to pick up an injured dog they had in custody. We discovered no injuries -- just a horribly matted dog that needed immediate relief. The dog had a microchip which was registered to a Mooresville, PA resident who lived in a trailer park. A call was placed to the phone number and the individual did not respond.
A blue collar had the name Sparky emblazoned on it as well as the name address and phone number of an Asbury Park resident. Several calls were placed to the Asbury Park resident who advised that they would be in to get the dog. Never happened.
The owner finally agreed to surrender the 4 year old neutered dog. In the meantime, Sparky had to be sedated in order to remove the painfully knotted mats that prevented his movements. A wound was found on his right leg due to the severe matting.
Many of the dogs that come through our doors are sorely in need of grooming. Owners who take on the responsibility of a dog (or cat) should be knowledgeable about proper care and grooming. If the expense is of concern, then this may not be the dog for you.
Sparky is now up for adoption. For more information, call the AHS at 732-922-0100 and refer to File 83682 or e-mail us.