Old Town Police Searching For Abandoned Dog Owner

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 year ago

A dog was ditched in Old Town on Saturday.Police are looking for its owners.Officer Debbie Holmes has worked for the Old Town Police Department for more than twenty years. She says this is one of the worst cases of animal abuse she’s seen. “We got a call at about 6:30 in the morning from a gentleman that witnessed a vehicle that just basically dumped a dog at one of the turnarounds up there on Bennoch Road. It’s pouring rain, the dog, when I pulled up, was very, very scared, hunched over with, significant hair loss to his back. Long period of abuse to let their nails grow to that extreme. Looks like they’re curling out and curling under. I’m sure it was very uncomfortable for her to walk,” she said. The dog was taken to the emergency vet clinic and is now doing a lot better at the Old Town Animal Orphanage. “We did get a good description of the vehicle and possible plate number, so we’re working on those things right now. I want to find out who did this to her. I’d like to have them come forward. It’s just a matter of time, but we will catch up with them,” said Holmes. This isn’t the first case of abuse Holmes has seen lately. Two other dogs at the Old Town Animal Orphanage were removed from their home by court order. They had severe broken legs. “It’s very, very upsetting to see an animal treated like that. You know, if you can’t take care of your pets anymore, there’s places that you can bring them. You know you don’t need to dump them on the side of the road. There’s help out there, but you know leaving an animal like this weekend, it’s just very disturbing to me,” she said. If you have any information, you can contact Officer Holmes by phone at: 827-3984.While the dog cannot be adopted yet, you can keep up with its adoption status by liking Old Town Orphanage on Facebook or by calling the shelter at: 827-8777.


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