LORAIN — A malnourished, neglected pit bull was found tied up in a garage Monday night, but the dog’s owner has not yet been charged.
At 6:59 p.m. Monday, police received a report from a woman living in the 1000 block of West Ninth Street that her neighbor’s dog had been continuously barking for the past week. She told police she has not seen the dog’s owner but had heard the dog barking from the garage.
Police attempted to contact the woman who lived in the home but received no answer. Officers entered an open door in the unattached garage and found a white female pit bull mix tied up in the garage.
According to a police report, the dog was very thin with its rib bones visible through the skin, had a rash on its back and smelled of feces. The garage was covered in dog feces as if the dog had been tied up for some time, but the dog was not able to reach the few pieces of food which were scattered on the floor about 10 feet away from the end of its leash.
Police said there was water in a five gallon bucket, but the bucket was out of the dog’s reach and was not filled.
Police took the dog to transport it to an animal clinic for care, but while officers were taking the dog, a 16-year-old approached them and asked why they were taking his dog. The boy told officers the dog belonged to his mother’s boyfriend, but the family had been staying with a relative while the house was being treated for pests.
He knew the dog was in the garage but said he was not responsible for its care, according to the report.
The boy was uncooperative with officers and said he did not know where his mother was or how to contact her, according to police. Police attempted to contact the boy’s mother, but were unable to reach her.
A request was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to pursue cruelty to companion animal charges.