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New tenants moving into house in Queens find starving dog locked in attic

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No one ever bothered to check the attic of a vacant home until a few days ago when new tenants moving into the home in Jamaica Queens found an emaciated and dehydrated young dog locked in a cage in the attic.

Now named Bella, the female pit bull mix barely existed in the feces and urine filled crate which mercilessly held her prisoner; no food or water available. Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs have reached out to help.

Now receiving intensive medical care and on IV fluids to help her weak body heal, veterinarians estimate Bella may have suffered for two or three weeks. Her nails have curled under, and her legs atrophied and now bow out from the lack of muscle tone.

Follow her Facebook thread by clicking here as humane advocates hope to soon read that the previous owners have been charged with animal neglect and cruelty for abandoning this dog.

If you can help with little Bella's care and would like to donate to her vetting, please go to Bella will also need a foster home to get some much needed future care. Please apply at

"We desperately need foster homes, for young adolescents as well as adult dogs who are in boarding right now. We have something for everyone - 4-5 month old mix breeds, and adults of course. Please consider helping us at this time. We are freezing our intake, and turning dogs away right now, which breaks our hearts.

SCR provides all vet care the dog will need while being fostered, we also provide supplies and support. Short and long term fosters are needed."

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