His lead was so tightly wrapped around his legs that it restricted the blood flow; his fur was covered in icicles, his teeth were rotten and his ears were badly infected. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the lonely little dog was now bereft of the owner he thought he could depend on for food, warmth and safety.
The staff of Suffield Animal Control could not hide their disappointment when they took charge of the middle-aged Terrier cross. Their bringing the dog into care was followed by a terse announcement on Facebook:
‘Does anyone recognize this dog? It was picked up by Suffield Animal Control today,’ the shelter wrote. ‘It was tied to a tree off of a trail in the Stony Brook Park. This dog was left out to die overnight throughout the snowstorm. […] We are looking to seek justice for this animal, and let it be known that animal cruelty doesn’t go unnoticed in our town.’
Despite hundreds of comments beneath the post both in support of the shelter and condemning the owner’s behaviour, the shelter is none the wiser about the identity of the person who abandoned the dog in the park.
The healing hand
But in any case their focus now is on nursing the dog - who they have called ‘Brooks’ - back to health.
Shortly after receiving the dog Suffield Animal Control launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the dog’s treatment. Brooks’s fur was so badly matted that it had to be completely shaved; some of his teeth were extracted and a large tumour on his back leg was excised.
Within seven hours of the campaign going live over $3,000 had been raised. As of the date of this article the total has soared to $16,160.
An investigation by the Suffield Police Department of Brooks’s neglect is ongoing, according to Suffield Animal Control.