Information Sought for Possible Animal Cruelty Charges in Case of Severely Emaciated Dog

Thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston for sharing this news with Westwood Minute.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is asking for the public's assistance in gathering information that could lead to animal cruelty charges in what ARL calls a case of "starvation and gross neglect," regarding a severely emaciated dog who was found as a stray in the Franklin Park area of Dorchester in mid-August. The dog is now making progress the care of ARL at its Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center, reports the non-profit organization.

A veterinary examination by ARL found that the approximately one-year-old dog, now named Dobby, was severely emaciated. He weighed just 37 pounds and scored a 1 out of 9 on the body condition score chart, which represents the highest level of emaciation, says ARL. The non-profit notes that Dobby's ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones, and all bony prominences could be seen at a distance. According to ARL, he had no discernible body fat and an obvious loss of muscle mass.

Along with being emaciated, Dobby was found with urine-stained fur, mild dental disease, and a number of pressure sores, which likely means he had been kept confined to a small space.

ARL has placed Dobby on a refeeding plan and he is gaining weight and making progress. ARL describes him as incredibly friendly and receptive to attention from ARL staff.

Dobby will be heading into foster care soon. Due to his condition, he is not currently available for adoption.

ARL Law Enforcement asks that anyone with information pertaining to this case to call (617) 426-9170 x110 or email

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