November 22, 2014

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Lorain police officer finds emaciated, barely-alive dog

LORAIN — A starving dog that was the apparent victim of abuse and neglect was found around 2:15 p.m. Saturday on a lawn in at 816 W. 11th St., according to a Lorain police report.

Police said the dog, which may be a pit bull, was lying in the grass with its bones clearly visible through its skin. Police Officer Richard Broz wrote in his report on the approximately 2-year-old dog that it appeared to weigh 25 to 30 pounds, but should weigh about 75 pounds.

“I have never seen such an emaciated dog, still alive, in my career,” wrote Broz, a longtime officer. Broz wrote that the dog’s head was grotesquely swollen from a puncture wound, and when he tried to pet it, it growled softly but could raise its head only about 2 inches off the ground.

The dog was clean and its nails were long, which Broz said indicated the dog hadn’t been running loose and may have been kept in a cage before being dumped. The dog, which couldn’t walk, was taken to the Lorain Animal Clinic. Broz wrote it was uncertain if the dog would survive its ordeal.