FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne animal welfare officials have asked for the public’s help after a “severely malnourished” dog was found abandoned Thursday.
The dog was found by a passerby along an access road near the former Target building in the 7600 block of South Anthony Boulevard. The male dog appears to be a Beagle or Brittany mix breed and is approximately one year old.
The dog was not able to walk when it was found.
The dog was likely kept in a crate or small exclosed area before it was found in the area, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control said.
Holly Pasquinelli, the FWACC community relations and education specialist, says cases like these happen more frequently than people think.
“When you see an animal come in in this condition, it’s so frustrating because we could’ve helped earlier and prevented this from happening, and helping those people too,” Pasquinelli said. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We help people, we help animals, but also we have to think about the big picture, about who else is living in this home, or where this animal came from.”
The shelter is now looking for anyone with information about the person or person responsible for caring for the dog. Information can be shared by calling the shelter at 427-1244 option 1.
The dog is currently being cared for by medical staff at the shelter.