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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Neglected dogs being nursed back to health

  • Livingston County Animal Shelter Guardian Lesley Patek is tending to two severely neglected dogs that were brought to the shelter on Wednesday.
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  • Livingston County Animal Shelter Guardian Lesley Patek is tending to two severely neglected dogs that were brought to the shelter on Wednesday. The dogs, considered to be “puggles,” were removed from a home where authorities found three other dogs deceased. One of the deceased dogs had been strangled in the coils of a bed spring, Patek said. The others, apparently, had tried to chew their way out of the home. Other dogs were reported to have been at the residence but were unable to be located. The two remaining dogs were severely malnourished when they arrived at the shelter, Patek said. One was unable to stand on its own and its prognosis was unknown. One of the dog’s belly was completely black with fleas. “I was shocked,” said Patek, upon seeing the dogs. “It broke my heart.” Patek began nursing them back to health, giving them small amounts of food and water each hour, and taking care of the flea infestations on them. “I think they thought they were in heaven,” she said on Thursday. “I’m sure that house was absolutely trashed and full of feces. We put blankets down and they finally got into a clean place with food and water.” The owners of the dogs could face charges of abandonment, neglect and abuse, Patek said. She did not know how long the dogs had been left alone, but said it must have been for a long time.

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