This Doberman has been living a life of hell in Newark .... and his owner has been putting in jeopardy the health of himself, his Doberman, local children, passersby, and parishioners to his church.
This is a sad commentary on this dog and the hundreds of dogs that silently scream out for justice. The Associated Humane Societies MUST stand for the rights of this animal. The names, locations and any information about this matter are being withheld to avoid any conflict until the matter is adjudicated.
The AHS was contacted concerning the welfare of a dog tied on a short metal chain with improper shelter in a parking lot. The ACO/ACI went to the scene to see a thin & neglected Doberman curled in a ball, coughing, sickly, and secretion coming from both eyes. According to a neighbor, the dog is kept outside 24/7. It was a bitter and blustery day and the outside temperature was just 27 degrees. The ACO/ACI approached the owner and asked that the dog be brought inside due to the cold weather, the wind, and the health of the dog. The owner, who is pastor of a church, refused. The owner also refused to provide any vet records.
During the inspection, the ACO/ACI saw an old van in the yard with over a dozen rats near the chained dog. As the rats were milling about, the cold and lonely dog was trying to hug onto a piece of outdoor synthetic grass for warmth. Aluminum pans that should have held nourishing food for him were empty, a bucket that should have provided him with fresh water was overturned and empty, garbage and feces littered the place that this poor dog called home.
The proximity of the rats next to the Doberman could cause leptospirosis if they are infected, which could cause serious health problems with people and animals.
We have had the Doberman checked for the disease. The dog also suffers from entropion eyelids which causes irritation and possible blindness if left untreated. Thankfully, since he is now in our care at AHS, we are making arrangements to have the operation done and he will soon feel relief.
The NJ SPCA was on the scene & confiscated the dog for AHS to keep until the court case. A near-by business person has watched the sad, solitary life of this dog & would love to adopt him. Our concern is that he not be returned to the life he once had.
We ask that you consider making a donation toward this dog's care. In addition to his ocular surgery, he will need additional medical care, food, warmth, shelter and comfort, while he awaits the court case that will determine his fate. We are hopeful that eventually, this sweet & loving soul will experience what it is like to have a real home, where he is treated with dignity and respect that he and all animals deserve. At AHS, we strive to make that dream a reality for every animal in our care.