Animal Control officers in Paterson are trying to figure out who abandoned an elderly dog who was found on the street and on the brink of starvation.
The puggle/boxer mix named "Wilma" was taken to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and then transferred to Country Willow Veterinary Hospital, where she is still being evaluated.
Shelter Executive Director Megan Brinster says Wilma is in critical condition with a host of maladies, including cherry eye, heart murmur, thickened back knees and arthritis. She was rescued in an advanced state of starvation, weighing just 22-pounds or half of what she should weigh.
"Wilma was covered in feces upon rescue," Brinster says, "We believe that she was being kept in a confined space."
While veterinarians continue their evaluation, Wilma has been placed on a slow refeeding schedule to help her body readjust to nutrition.
Brinster believes the dog's condition was the result of a slow and painful starvation. "It is hard to imagine what Wilma’s life has been like before yesterday, but we have hope for her future. Wilma has a long road ahead, but she is surprisingly sweet with other dogs and an all-around loving, gentle senior dog."
No collar was found on Wilma, and finding who abandoned her may be difficult. If found, they could face serious animal cruelty charges.
If you recognize this dog, or have any information about how she wound up abandoned on a Paterson street, please contact police or the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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