Update 12/1/14: Medina County SPCA writes on their Facebook page: "Andor and his buddy Abu (who is with North Coast Boxer Rescue) can rest a little better tonight knowing their previous owners have been found guilty of 2 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Sentencing will be done at a later date."
Two severely emaciated dogs were seized from a home in Seville, reported newsnet5 on Sunday.
Following up on an anonymous tip of animal cruelty, the Medina County SPCA removed the dogs on Thursday from the Medina County home.
One of the dogs is a seven-year-old pit bull they have named Andor, which means ‘bravery.’ And brave this dog needs to be. He is suffering from neurological issues and remains in a veterinary hospital at a cost of $300 a day.
When the SPCA found him, Andor could only take a few steps before collapsing, according to the SPCA. He weighed less than half of what he should weigh.
The other dog is a three-year-old boxer, now named Abu (named after the monkey in the Disney movie ‘Aladdin’). Although he weighs only 25 pounds, half of what he should weigh, the boxer dog is reportedly in better shape than Andor. Abu was released from the hospital, but the shelter is keeping an eye on him, hoping he will not have to return. Medina County SPCA says on their Facebook page, “We had to change his diet a bit in hopes of settling his tummy. We believe his system is just in shock that he's being fed on a regular basis!”
Medina County SPCA reported that a foster home was found for Abu. They are hoping that Andor can be released from the hospital on Tuesday so he too can go into a foster home.
Anyone interested in fostering Abu is asked to go to the shelter and fill out a foster application. They note that the person or family chosen to foster the dogs must be home the majority of the time and be able to monitor their care very closely.
The shelter asks that people not call to try to adopt the dogs, saying it will be some time before they're put up for adoption. Instead, anyone wanting to help the dogs can make donations to help cover their high medical bills. Donations for the dogs' care can be made at the Medina County SPCA website, or mail a check to 245 S. Medina St., Medina, Ohio 44256.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the owners were each charged with six counts of animal cruelty.
Update: Hendrickboard now has a campaign to help Andor and Abu. For every purchase made on Hendricksboards.com, $10 will be donated to Andor and Abu's medical care.