The intake photos on this pup are much too graphic to be included on this website. It is believed that he was probably attacked by a pit bull to his head and front legs and then left to suffer and die. The wounds were not fresh so it not known how long he had endured the pain, the sub-zero temperatures and the lack of compassion -- until a good samaritan drove by. He saw a box by the side of the road adjacent to Newark's Weequahic Park. He saw the box move a little …. and then a nose could be seen. The good samaritan could not believe that the badly mutilated pup he brought to AHS was still alive!
Dog fighters, whether professional or amateur kids, are always looking for fresh bait. The young people will usually steal dogs to be used as bait and put them in abandoned houses. The AHS is an inner city shelter and we see it all too often. If you have a dog that you must give up, go to a reputable shelter. Many people will give away `free to a good home' or place an ad on Craigs List. We dont know the history on this this young pit bull who is about 6 months old, but whoever had him either gave him away to what they thought was a good home, or he may have been stolen from someone's yard. This is what a century of being located in the City of Newark has taught us.
Abandoning a sick or injured animal in a public place is against the law! The AHS has been in Newark at the same address for over 100 years and anyone who has any feeling for a living creature should not dump any animal, but especially a badly injured animal with little or no chance to be discovered. We have an open door policy and do the very best we can for every animal that comes through our place.
Due to the horrific wounds around his ear, we call him Van Gogh. He was immediately brought to the Society's Medical Dept. with severe lacerations and multiple injuries. His care is tended to several times a day, but the young male is not out of the woods. Treatment continues. Your support of our Res-Q Fund is crucial to our efforts to continue our work. With your support, AHS will continue to offer help to animals that need it.
For more information on Van Gogh who will be staying with us awhile longer, call the Society at 973-824-7080 and refer to File 122631 or e-mail us.
Update on Van Gogh - 1/31/14.