What can be said about a horror story such as this one except, we, as a society, need help. People that think treating animals in this manner needs lots and lots of help. What goes wrong in their mind that makes them feel as if they have the right to abuse and destroy an animal? We can only hope that such an individual will never, ever get another animal again.
This individual had two animals, unfortunately, and on a sweltering hot summer day, got himself into some sort of drug-induced fit and decided to chain and tie his two dogs to the median at the on-ramp for Interstate 280 in Newark, NJ. Can you just imagine the terror that these dogs must have experienced? The fear was just too much to bear for the male pit bull mix and as he tried with all his might to free himself, he only made his situation worse and sadly, he strangled himself in front of his helpless female friend.
Our AHS Newark animal control officer, Cinda, raced to the scene as soon as she received the call and the male could not be revived. Cinda worked on freeing the female from her restraints and just as she got her free, the owner of the dogs arrived on the scene. He began rambling and yelling about how much he loved his dogs and instructed Cinda to give the female back to him. The irate man then grabbed the female pit bull and slammed her on the pavement, then took off running. Police were called, sketches were drawn of the maniacal owner but as is so often the case, the perpetrator will likely never be caught, and never be brought to justice.
We are calling the white female pit bull Rose, after Rose in the Titanic movie, that helplessly watched as the one that she loved struggled and died. Rose is now resting comfortably in the medical department of our AHS Newark facility. A thorough examination by our veterinarian revealed that Rose had a heavy collar or chain embedded in her neck at some point, and her ears are nearly torn to shreds. Rose is traumatized and deeply saddened by the loss of her canine companion, but she is still so happy to receive the help that she desperately needed, and is eager to see what the future holds for her.
Rose will be transferred to our AHS Lacey facility to continue on the road to recovery and we ask that you find it in your heart to make a donation toward her treatment, and in honor of her friend, that couldn't be saved. Please click here to donate to our Res-Q Fund or text ResQ to 501501 to make a $10.00 donation. Thank you and please check back for updates on our strong survivor, Rose.