MAPLE SHADE — After a welfare check on his property revealed a severely malnourished dog, a township man is being charged with multiple neglect charges, according to the Burlington County SPCA Humane Police.

Humane officers arrived at the man's home to check on the condition of the dog, but what they found was an animal near death and in need of $3,000 worth of medical care.

"Someone saw the dog in that condition and we had an officer go to the house to check on the condition," Armand King, public information officer for the Burlington County SPCA Humane Police, said.

Police persuaded the owner to surrender “Dino" after he paid roughly $1,000 in medical care. The dog was immediately taken to the Marlton Animal Hospital where he was admitted in extremely critical condition, humane police said on Wednesday.

As of Thursday, the dog remains admitted in the animal hospital. The vet is currently running additional tests on Dino to determine if there are any underlying issues with his weight, King says.

Police say there is no guarantee that Dino will survive.

"This is the worst emaciation case I've seen with a dog," King says. "People, for whatever reason, think it's okay to abuse animals."

Dino is now under the care of Animal Lifeline, a local non-profit rescue organization that is taking care of his medical bills and testing.

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