PRESS RELEASE: Abandoned Dog at BCHS, Foot Rotted Off From Matted Fur

Contact: Susan Salyards
Telephone: 724-775-5801 x 106
Cell: 412-559-6366

February 8, 2019

Abandoned Dog’s Foot Rotted Off Due To Matted Fur

Neglected Dog Found and Brought to Beaver County Humane Society

Center Township, PA, February 8, 2019– The Beaver County Humane Society is looking for information on the person(s) who abandoned a Yorkie Terrier mix at the edge of a wooded area off of Old Brodhead Road earlier this week. The dog was discovered on Tuesday and taken to the Beaver County Humane Society’s animal shelter in Center Township (Aliquippa), PA.

“This dog was dumped in an inexcusable condition and was in a tremendous amount of pain,” said Susan Salyards, BCHS Executive Director. BCHS sent the dog to VCA Five Points Veterinary Hospital for X-rays, initially thinking that the rear left leg may have been broken. The poor pooch had to be sedated while a team spent over two hours shaving the fur off his body. “While shaving it, staff discovered that his rear left foot rotted away. It literally fell off! We believe that his matted fur cut off the blood supply to the foot and it was decaying,” said Salyards. Fortunately, he is now on his way to recovery and is starting to come out of his shell.

The BCHS Humane Society Police Officer Mary Sparks asks anyone with information on who owned the abandon dog. A suspect convicted of animal cruelty or abuse could face up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. If this dog would have died from this neglect, the suspect could then face up to seven years in jail, a fine up to $15,000 or both.

“It would have taken months for this poor soul to have become this matted,” said Salyards. “It is heartbreaking for all our staff to see such a sad case; this unfortunate dog has been in pain and suffering for some time.”

BCHS has been hit hard in recent months with stray animals needing extra medical care. In November 2018, two Chihuahuas were found abandoned in a cardboard box in Monaca Heights. In January 2019, an elderly sight and hearing impaired Basset Hound was found abandoned in New Sewickley Township and a stray cat was found with a lacerated neck. Plus the shelter suffered severe water damage when a fire sprinkler froze, flooding the front of the shelter on January 27.

BCHS is not sharing some of the photos as they are too graphic in nature. Please visit our Facebook page at @bchumanesociety to follow the story or donate to this pup’s care.  

Since 1950 the Beaver County Humane Society has been committed to helping animals in the Beaver County Area.  Sixty-eight years later, more than 4,000 animals receive comfort and care each year.

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2 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: Abandoned Dog at BCHS, Foot Rotted Off From Matted Fur

  • February 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me that humans can be so mean.
    Hope that sweet dog has a wonderful rest of his life.
    Nanct and the kitties

    • February 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      I agree. I try to imagine making the decision and I don’t see how any human could do that.


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