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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Owners sought in animal abuse case

  • HONESDALE-An investigation into the case of a dog that was found with a chain collar embedded in its neck is ongoing, as the search for the owners proceeds.
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  • HONESDALE-An investigation into the case of a dog that was found with a chain collar embedded in its neck is ongoing, as the search for the owners proceeds.
    An unneutered male Sheba Inu/Spitz type of dog was found in Beach Lake near Morman Corners Monday afternoon.
    The dog is around five years old.
    Marlene Metzger, Pennsylvania Humane Society police officer, who also works with Dessin Animal Shelter, said a stray dog was called into authorities.
    He was found on Monday.
    “Someone found him, but they didn't know he was injured because his fur is so thick,” Metzger said. “When we arrived we saw the chain embedded in his neck.”
    She added the collar was broken and believes he was tied up.
    Because of the necrotic tissue that was on the collar and around the dog's neck, Metzger said he “smelt like road kill.”
    Getting better
    He was taken to the Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic to get taken care of.
    “The vet said it was more than a few weeks, maybe a few months, that the collar was there like that,” Metzger said.
    She said he was clipped and cleaned Monday then spent the night at the vet.
    “He's been fantastic,” Metzger stated. “He's the sweetest, nicest, easy-going dog. We didn't even have to sedate him while he was getting clipped and cleaned.”
    She said he will heal “pretty quickly.”
    Search continues
    Metzger said they are still trying to find the owners of the dog.
    “If anyone has seen him [the dog] or knows him and have any information, please contact me,” she said. “All calls will be kept confidential.”
    She added this incident “wasn't just beating a dog,” but it was something that “took months to do.”
    “I will be filing charges for animal cruelty,” Metzger stated. “This is not something that should ever happen.”
    What comes next
    The dog is now considered evidence while the case is under investigation.
    “We will try our best to find the owner,” Metzger said.
    Fines for animal cruelty can range from $50 to $750 “if convicted” and have “up to 90 days” in jail. Metzger said it's a summary offense unless it can be proven someone “did it on purpose.”
    New home
    Although the case is still under investigation, the dog is currently living with Rose Keesler of Honesdale, who is fostering him.
    Page 2 of 2 - She has been fostering for “about seven years” and has even adopted some of the animals she fostered.
    Metzger said Pennsylvania law requires 48 hours before an animal can be adopted when there's an animal cruelty case. After that time period, Dessin would own the dog and could put him up for adoption.
    “We can still prosecute even after he's adopted as long as we can prove it's the owner,” Metzger said.
    She added foster families have “first dibs” on adopting an animal.
    If anyone has information about the owners of this dog, call Metzger at (570) 493-3377.

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