Sugar Ray Fights the Odds

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Last weekend the Portage County, OH dog warden responded to a caller’s tip and discovered a severely malnourished boxer abandoned near the  Mogadore Reservoir.  

The frightened and traumatized dog was taken to the Portage Animal Protective League for treatment, where the vet who checked him out nicknamed him Sugar Ray as a testament to his fighting spirit. At check in Sugar Ray only weighed 26 pounds, a shockingly low figure for a breed that averages 55 to 60 pounds. “It’s a super nice dog. It just needs some love,” dog warden DaveMcIntyre said.

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By all accounts, Sugar Ray is lucky to still be alive, and an investigation is now underway to determine the cause of his suffering. “This is either a horrendous example of abandonment or, if not, a lost dog that went unreported and remained lost for weeks,” said Karen Carmany, board president for the Portage APL.

The Portage APL said Sugar Ray will need ongoing care for quite some time before going up for adoption. Anyone interested in donating to help with Sugar Ray’s care and medical bills can call the shelter at (330) 296-4022. Donations can also be made online here.

To donate by mail:

Portage APL
P.O. Box 927
Ravenna, OH 44266