UPDATE: The Sanctuary notified us that Phoenix is a male, believed to be an English Cocker Spaniel, about 4 to 5 years old. The vet believes he's probably never been groomed. His bloodwork was normal so he can be anesthetized for grooming which may require more than one session. They will begin with his paws to determine the condition of his pads and nails.
Who am I? This is one of the questions that the Sanctuary at Haafsville in Breinigsville, PA would like an answer to.
At around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, November 3, a good Samaritan found this poor dog in a wire crate along the river in Canal Park in Allentown. He contacted police and was told to call the Sanctuary.
Between the time he called for help and his return to the dog, someone had covered it with an old fleece jacket, which he claims was not there when he initially found the dog.
Liz Jones from the Sanctuary met him there, and the good Samaritan handed the dog into her care.
The dog, dubbed Phoenix by Jones, was so severely neglected and matted that she was unable to determine its gender.
The dog's ears were shaved to allow it to finally raise its head; the weight of the matting made it a nearly impossible. The dog did urinate and defecate on its own, but is refusing to eat or drink.
Liz told us this morning that Phoenix will be going to the vet today, where bloodwork will be done to check for any underlying problems, and then to No Nonsense Neutering where he will be anesthetized for grooming. No microchip was initially found but they will recheck for that.
[The slideshow pictures might remind you of Sammy from NJ, whose owners were hailed heroes after claiming they found Sammy on the side of the road in a plastic bag, and then were later charged and plead guilty to his abuse. They will appear in court on Nov. 18 for their sentencing hearing.]
This kind of neglect does not happen overnight. It takes a long period of time for a dog to become this matted.
The Sanctuary is not making any assumptions as to who abandoned this dog or who may be responsible for its abuse. They are just hoping the owner comes forward, or that someone recognizes this dog and can identify the owner. You are asked to call the Sanctuary at (484) 788-8062 with any information. They would also like to have anyone interested in fostering Phoenix contact them.
Phoenix is in good hands and will be receiving the best of care. Hopefully once the dog is cleaned up, a loving home can be found and a much better life can be started. We will update on the gender of the dog and any other info as it becomes available.
You can follow Phoenix’s progress here.
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