Last week, an emaciated, purebred French mastiff, was discovered in Acushnet, Mass., and local officials are hoping to find out who the dog belongs to, reported Wednesday's WVCB News.
Mattapoisett animal control officer Kathy Massey believes that the dog, dubbed "Braxton," was abandoned - she told WVCB News:
We will call it a drop off,"
"Open the door to let him do his business, and take off. That's where I'm leaning.
Judging by the dog's skeletal body, he has been on his own for some time - perhaps upwards of two months. When the dog was discovered, he was scavenging for food in a garbage can. ABC 6 News reported that Ambra Sweeney found the dog in her yard last Thursday.
Sweeney expressed her dismay over the dog's dismal condition:
I was actually appalled. Sick to my stomach.
Braxton is recovering from his neglect in the care of a foster home where he is reported to already be gaining weight. Aside from his gaunt condition, he is considered to be healthy.
The two-year-old dog appears to have had some obedience training. Unfortunately, he does not have a microchip and he was not wearing any type of identification when he was found.
Funds are being collected to help with Braxton's veterinary expenses; interested donors can send funds to:
The Animal Pet Fund
122 Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743
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