Search for man who abandoned critically injured dog during rescue in Freeport, Nassau County

FREEPORT, Nassau County (WABC) – The Nassau County SPCA and other animal authorities want to locate the person who abandoned a seriously injured dog.

The man was captured on CCTV dropping off the dog, which rescuers named Athena, at the Bobbi and the Strays animal shelter in Freeport around 4.45am on July 7.

“I opened the crate door, the poor dog couldn’t even hold his head up,” said rescue center worker Richard Flynn. “So I held his head up high.”

Vets say Athena has a long road to recovery ahead of her, as she is extremely thin and has sores on her body.

The sores are believed to be contained, possibly for months, officials said.

“How does this happen? Really, how does this happen? Flynn said. “When you see it first hand, it really kills you.”

Doctors at the Howard Beach Animal Clinic believe Athena was barely kept alive for months in a petty crate.

“Once she’s a little more stable and healthy, we can actually fix them surgically,” Dr. Ashley Davis said. “But it’s something that’s been going on for a while.”

Officials said it was one of the worst cases of neglect and abuse they had encountered.

“This is probably one of the worst muscle mass losses I’ve ever seen,” Dr. Davis said.

Athena is a mixed breed and is around 5 or 6 years old.

“These injuries and now the medical records we have tell us a very clear story,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said. “Athena suffered a lot, and we need the public’s help to find out who did this to her.”

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The Nassau County SPCA is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his abuse.

“What else is going on in this house?” said Gary Rogers of the SPCA. “Are there any children in this house? Do we take care of them?

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nassau County Animal Crimes Unit at 516-571-7755, option #8.

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