Hunt on for owner of abandoned dogs

March 24, 2009 3:41:34 PM PDT
Police in New Jersey are looking for the owners of two dogs that were abandoned in the woods. The dogs were emaciated and dehydrated when they were found wandering in the Garret Mountain reservation over the weekend.

The two Rottweilers were found inside the 568-acre reservation by a Passaic County Sheriff's Department officer, who called Animal Control. The male and female dogs, believed to be between 1 and 3 years old, were taken to a Wanaque farm to recover.

"It looks like a classic case of abuse and neglect," Woodland Park Animal Control Officer Lysa DeLaurentis told NorthJersey.com.

DeLaurentis said the male dog has deformed front legs and an infections, while the female suffered from an eye infection. The female, who officials believe recently gave birth, also had scars from burns on both ears.

The Sheriff's Department said it is investigating.

DeLaurentis believes the female would be safe for adoption after returning to health, while the male would need some time to trust humans again. She believes the dogs were abused.

"The way that he is so afraid to be touched makes you think he may have been hit," she told the newspaper. "He'll take food out of your hand, but if you try to touch him, he'll freak out."

DeLaurentis needs money, blankets and dog food to help care for the animals and pay veterinarian bills. To make a contribution, please call 973-616-8569. Donations can also be dropped off at 781 Ringwood Avenue, Wanaque, NJ 07465.


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