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Three month old emaciated boxer puppy in North Brunswick dies after rescue

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On Monday, the adorable little three-month-old emaciated brindle boxer puppy, named Caramel, who captured the hearts of her rescuers and many animal lovers at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter in New Jersey, died from complications of starvation and neglect reported the organization's Facebook page.

"We are sad to report Caramel passed away this morning. She had two days where she showed remarkable progress. Her tail didn't seem to stop wagging, especially when she was being fed. Caramel was a great little pup who deserved a family to love her. Her prior care was the cause of her death."

Late last week, a neighbor called authorities to report the young pup's egregious living conditions and her obvious starvation. When Animal Control Officers Metz and Reid responded at the garage where the puppy was being kept, they had to remove junk and debris to find the puppy whose bones showed through her starving little body. There was no food or water available. She had squeezed herself into the corner in a last ditch effort to stay warm.

The puppy was so weak she could not stand and was rushed to the veterinary hospital for emergency treatment. Veterinarians rated her condition a "1" on a "1" to "5" scale with "1" being the absolute worst.

Tragically the little pooch with the adorable angelic face didn't survive, but her owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

According to, on Tuesday, Felix Perez, 39, of North Brunswick who had custody of Caramel, was charged with four counts of animal cruelty including improper shelter, no veterinarian care, unsanitary conditions, and killing a domestic animal.

Rest in peace Caramel.

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