The owners of a puppy found abandoned and nearly starved to death in Amsterdam were arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony. YNN's Maria Valvanis has more on the recent developments and an update on how the pup is holding up.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – One-year-old lab and beagle mix Dolce will do just about anything for food. Animal Control Officer Gina Kline has been caring for the pup since Sunday when police found her barely moving on Union Street. Kline says vets believe Dolce hadn't been fed in nearly two months, causing her to have an extreme sodium deficiency, leading to seizures.
"The vet called a specialist and he said he had never seen a dog alive whose levels were so low," said Kline.
Kline says the deficiency was more than likely self induced. Because her owners weren't feeding her, Dolce was eating dirt and grass and drinking whatever she came across.
"It just seems like she was trying anything to fill her stomach, to make the pain go away. They need to pay for this," Kline said.
And police are making sure they do. Thursday night, they arrested Dolce's owners, Jodiann Mcleod, 26, and Michael Murray, 27. They both were charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, along with a number of other violations. But even away from her abusive owners, Dolce isn't in the clear yet.
"With the sodium deficiency, apparently there can be a relapse within four days of reaching normal levels, so that would technically be Friday," said Kline.
Dolce's medical expenses are already close to $1,000. Donations to help are being accepted at:
Country Valley Vet Clinic
5877 Route 30 South
Amsterdam, New York 12010
Phone : (518) 843-2882