Dog found malnourished in Troy responds to treatment

December 05, 2018 05:55 PM

TROY -- Troy police midnight patrols found a dog Monday overnight in the area of Frear Park basketball courts.

He's probably a mastiff-hound mix, about two years old.  He has a sweet face, but he's severely malnourished.  You can see his sagging skin and protruding bones. 

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Police say he's doing well in treatment, and responding to food. 

"The prognosis is good.  Hopefully he's going to make a full recovery," said Troy Police Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf.  "That's the silver lining to all this.  The dog is probably going to be okay.  The problem is that he had to suffer all this time being malnourished.  Otherwise taken care of, but not taken care of as far as sustenance."

Investigators are working on this case and trying to track down the owner.

The dog didn't get this way overnight.  There's no microchip, tags, or tattoo ID.
But what really puzzles police is that dog was not dirty or muddy, as if he'd been roaming the streets, and there are signs he was cared for in some ways. 

"The dog is malnourished but he's otherwise in good shape.  His coat is good, his ears were clean, his nails were good.  It's kind of weird.  He's skin and bones, but he's otherwise in good shape," said Deputy Chief DeWolf. 

Police would like to hear anyone who has any information about this dog.  

A group called Responsible Animal Care USA is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Tim Colaneri at (518) 270-4430. 


Kumi Tucker

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