Zoe Allegedly Chained Outside With No Food, Frozen Water
EXETER – Four days after the Susquehanna SPCA rescued Zoe, a dog in such distress that she is believed to have chewed off her own leg, her owner was arrested and charged with abuse and failure to provide shelter.
Carl K. Pritchard, Exeter, was charged with a misdemeanor of over-driving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance and a violation for failing to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors.
“The dog was chained to the ground with a plastic pet carrier that had hay at the bottom,” said Trooper Aga Dembinska, public relations, Troop C. “There was no food bowl and a frozen-over water bowl.”
A UPS delivery man called state police after he allegedly saw Zoe, who was missing her front left leg with no apparent treatment. The dog was surrendered to the SQSPCA by Pritchard and taken to Cornell University Veterinary Hospital, where she was determined to be anemic, have a heart murmur, and potentially have cancer. Bones were found in her stomach, and Stacie Haynes, SQSPCA executive director, believes at some point, she ate her own leg.
The Susquehanna SPCA estimates a treatment cost of $5,000 at Cornell and is taking donations through their website.
“If you’re unable to take care of an animal, please contact someone to help,” says Dembinska.