The Second Chance Pet Adoption League in Oak Ridge, New Jersey sadly announced on Tuesday that one of the severely emaciated dogs rescued Monday when discovered at Eastside Park in Paterson has succumbed to his extremely starved body condition.
"Sad update on our Bugsy... he couldn't eat or drink, and we and our vets had to make the tough decision to let him go. We are hopeful Bunny will continue to improve. We are awaiting further test results of what may have caused his neurological symptoms and are hopeful it's not something contagious that his sister will succumb to as well. We are hopeful Bunny will continue to improve. Right now she is eating, bouncy, and playful and getting stronger. Thank you SO much for the huge outpouring of support," stated the organization's Facebook.
The two golden and white young pit bulls were discovered on Monday by a park jogger and Paterson Animal Control rescued them. According to northjersey.com, both dogs were rushed to the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains where they each weighed 16 pounds; dogs of that size and breed should weigh approximately 50 pounds. John CeCando, the Paterson animal control officer investigating stated:
They were "thrown away like yesterday's garbage. Whoever did this should go to jail. Those dogs didn't get there by walking there, because one dog didn't even walk. One dog got up, he fell. And the other dog just kept hovering over him to protect him."
The female dog was found hovering protectively over the male dog who was too weak to stand on his own. The dogs look like siblings.
Save the Animals Rescue Team has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who was responsible for the dogs' conditions. Animal cruelty is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Please contact Animal Control at 973-881-3640 with any information.
The Animal Clinic of Morris Plains named the dogs Bugsy and Bunny. The dogs are about six months old. Bunny's condition continues to improve.
"The little girl "Bunny" is stable and seems to be doing alright today. We are giving her food little by little, and tons of supportive care. We will be keeping a very close eye on her for quite a while until she's a strong healthy pup," stated Tuesday's update on the Second Chance Adoption's Facebook page.
Rest in peace Bugsy. Get well soon Bunny.
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