Authorities are offering a $4,500 reward to anyone with information about a senior dog found tied in a garbage bag and thrown out in a Brooklyn dumpster with his mouth taped shut.
On Tuesday, a passerby noticed movement inside a trash bag dumped inside a Brooklyn dumpster. Inside the bag, they found a senior Shepherd-mix, barely clinging to life. In addition to being tied inside the bag and covered in feces and urine, his mouth had been taped shut, making it even more difficult for the dog to breathe.
“He was barely breathing; he was bleeding from his nose,” Carla Mohan, a member of the rescue group New York Bully Crew, told WABC. “Like I said, his mouth was taped up. … He was covered in urine, he has complete urine scalds all over his body.”
Rescuers named the 10-year old dog Saint Vincent and rushed him to the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn for help.
Dr. Brett Levitzke, chief medical officer at the clinic said the injuries and neglect Saint Vincent endured didn’t happen overnight or over a few days, adding, “this is sustained neglect and abuse, just basically leaving him lying in his own urine and feces to the point that he’s developed massive infections.”
Miraculously, despite several infections as a result of scalding urine burns, Saint Vincent’s bloodwork came back fine. Under the care of New York Bully Crew, he’s undergoing continuing around-the-clock treatment, including an MRI to determine why he’s immobile. His condition is still considered critical.
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A $4,500 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. “Someone is going to recognize him and that’s our hope,” Dr. Levitzke said. “Someone will come forward so there can be some justice.”