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  • PACC medical team saves abused senior dog

    May 19, 2016 | Read More News
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    senior Lhasa Apso mixPima Animal Care Center officials announced Friday that they’ve charged the owner of Maya, a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso mix who came to the shelter suffering from severe emaciation, long-neglected infections and a maggot infestation, with cruelty and neglect for failure to provide medical care.

    Maya’s former owner surrendered the dog to PACC on May 17 and requested euthanasia for her. Her coat was a continuous mat filled with feces, maggots and burrs; beneath that filthy fur she was skeletal.

    Maya’s former owner could now face a fine of up to $2,500, jail time of up to 6 months, and probation of up to 3 years.

    “Maya’s case proves there are consequences for neglecting your pet in Pima County,” said Adam Ricci, PACC’s enforcement operations manager. “If you witness pet cruelty or neglect, please call and report it to Pima Animal Care.”

    Upon arriving at PACC, Maya received intensive care from PACC’s medical team. They determined she is partially blind from neglected eye infections suffering from advanced dental disease. PACC’s doctors ruled out any obvious causes for her condition other than poor care. Her former owner said the dog was too dirty to be inside with their child.

    “This dog’s situation is tragic, but unfortunately, we see cases like hers more often than we’d like,” said Ricci.

    Ricci stressed that Pima County pet owners must provide adequate food, water, shelter and medical care to their pets, or they could face charges.

    In just four days under PACC’s care, Maya has gained 1.5 pounds, increasing her body weight by more than 20 percent. For the first time on Friday, she was walking around and wagging her tail. PACC’s medical team has treated her for pain, skin infections and eye ulcers. They have placed her in a foster home for around-the-clock care, and they expect with time she will become healthy enough for dental surgery, eye surgery and adoption. 

    The medical team at PACC saves thousands of neglected, abandoned, and abused pets like this dog each year, thanks to community donations to its Medical Fund. Learn how your donations can help save pets like Maya.

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