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Who Abused Ranger the Australian Cattle Dog?

by Katherine

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On March 24, 2014, a Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control (FWACC) officer rescued a malnourished male Australian Cattle dog found at the 2800 block of South Barr Street in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The canine suffered from an eye infection, open wounds, and weighed less than half his normal body weight. Authorities believe the dog was confined to close quarters because his legs and under body were covered in animal waste.

“Because its fur was soaked in urine, and its feet have opens wounds from sitting in urine for a long time, and the pressure sores, it’s hard to believe that this dog had free rein of a house or something like that,” Randy Thornton, Enforcement Division Supervisor at FWACC told Wish TV. “We think it was inside something that caused these types of injuries.”

Ranger. Photo Credit: Wayne Animal Care & Control
Ranger. Photo Credit: Wayne Animal Care & Control


The canine has been named Ranger and since being rescued by FWACC three weeks ago he has made a remarkable recovery.

Ranger is a complete different dog, his weight has doubled, and he is learning that humans are also capable of caring for him and showing him real love.

FWACC will continue to care for the dog until he finds a new forever family, but meanwhile, the organization will like to capture the person(s) who starved and confined Ranger.

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest please speak up and call Animal Care & Control at 260-427-1244 (select menu option one).

Ranger will be available for adoption next week. To learn more about him, visit FWACC’s website at or their Facebook page.