VINELAND – Joggers discovered an emaciated pit bull tied to a tree along a Millville walking trail on Wednesday.
It is the second case of illegal dog dumping reported to the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter within a week.
The female pit bull, found in the Brandriff Avenue area, arrived at the Delsea Drive shelter with injuries to her feet and tail. She was severely malnourished weighing 26 pounds, which is about half her healthy weight, shelter officials said.
“We’re not sure what happened to her or why she was neglected and discarded, but we do know that she is ridiculously sweet and adorable,” shelter crew posted on their Facebook page.
The dog, dubbed Ladybug, is being treated for wounds and malnutrition, said Jessica Morrison, the shelter’s director of operations.
Anyone with information about the dog is asked to contact the Millville Police Department at 856-825-7010.
Meanwhile in Vineland, police continue their animal cruelty investigation after a Chihuahua was found on Saturday stuffed into a urine-soaked duffle bag. That bag was found inside two other shopping totes.
Less than week after a dogwalker found her discarded along the railroad tracks, near Crystal Avenue, Coco is preparing to enter a new home, Morrison said.
Several hundred people came forward wanting to adopt Coco. One person offered to fly the pup cross country to offer it a home, Morrison said.
But Coco will remain a Cumberland County resident, Morrison said.
The reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person responsible for dumping Coco now stands at $6,000 after a contribution from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Tips may be called into Vineland police at 856-691-4111.
Abandoning a dog is a crime, Morrison said. The two dogs discarded this week were fortunate they were found by good Samaritans who got them help.
There are options available to pet owners who can no longer keep or want their dogs, Morrison said.
The shelter offers a community outreach program to address issues that may cause a person to give up their pet, such as a medical or training issue.
With the kennels at the South Jersey shelter now at the capacity, the animal advocates urge anyone looking to surrender a dog to call first so arrangement can be made to take custody of the animal.