Neighbors Alert Police and Save Emaciated, Tethered Dog

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On November 18, 2015, Rocco, an emaciated dog from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, received the best gift of life. Rescue. The dog lived tethered in his yard and was just days away from dying. His owners neglected to feed him or provide him with water.

Photo credit: TuNoticiaPR.com
Photo credit: TuNoticiaPR.com

According to El Nuevo Dia, local police received numerous calls about the dog’s appalling condition. A warrant to search the property was issued by a judge and when officers arrived, they found a malnourished dog lying on the floor. The tethered pet did not have access to food or water. The property and pet owners were not home, and officers removed the dog and transported him to a veterinarian.

Rocco’s starved state was so advanced that he couldn’t move or hold his own body weight. Veterinarians feared he suffered organ failure and multiple parasites. However, upon examination they discovered the skinny dog had hope.

Photo credit: TuNoticiaPR.com
Photo credit: TuNoticiaPR.com

“[The dog] is responding well to treatment,” said Iris Quiñones, president of animal rescue group Oica (Oficiales Investigadores de Crueldad de Animales). “He was given fluids, doesn’t have mange and is heartworm negative. He is a fighter.”

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Photo credit: TuNoticiaPR.com

Police opened an investigation and identified the dog’s abusers as 39-year-old María Teresa González Escudero and 29-year-old Carlos Colón Concepción. Both were arrested and charged with third degree animal abuse. Colón Concepción was fine $50,000 and González $25,000. After failing to pay the fine the animal abusers were incarcerated.

Rocco is under the care of Oica and rescuers hope he will make a full recovery and find a loving forever home.

313 thoughts on “Neighbors Alert Police and Save Emaciated, Tethered Dog”

  1. Why in the HELL do people wait so long to call for help? The dog may do well for a while, but having suffered to this degree he may well have major problems with organs functioning properly. I’m glad they called, but I sure would like to know why they waited so long to do so.

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    • Usually fear anybody that would do this to a animal has no conscious & would have no problem doing it to a person /or child .they are careless about anything but themselves ,they should never be allowed to own animals or have children.They cannot be trusted ,jail is where they belong , for a very long time.

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    • Really! How pathetic they let this dog go suffering for so long. People need to step to the plate and help neglected and abused animals and humans! Stop thinking that someone else will do it. Do the right thing and save a life!

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    • You’re right!!! I cannot give kudos to the people who called. Are they blind???
      But, I will give kudos to law enforcement and the vets.
      Thank you so very much!

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  2. They obviously did not deprive themselves of to many meals! Low-lifes. I hope they contract every disease the prison hast offer,

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  3. It’s disgusting to me that there are “people” in this world who can treat a poor, innocent animal like this! What is wrong with people? And why does it take so long for others to call and say that there is a problem in someone’s home with an animal? This poor boy went without food or water and that’s bad enough but in the heat and humidity of Puerto Rico, that is unthinkable!! I hope they stay in jail and they are never allowed to get another animal. Rocco, you keep fighting papi and don’t worry you will soon find a forever home with a family who knows how to treat another family member. Degraciados!!! (Just a Spanish word for disgusting people) God bless you Rocco. I love you.

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  4. I will give him a loving, forever home. Seriously. When he is well enough to travel I will come and get him. Pay all costs and then some. Heck, I’ll even brush up on my H.S. Spanish (not that anyone ever spoke to him).

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  5. Those people should be buried alive. Its time animals were recognized as having civil rights and for harsher penalties for hurting them.

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