LORAIN — Two pit bull-mix dogs are expected to make a full recovery after being rescued from a yard near Washington Avenue and West Sixth Street on Monday afternoon.
The dogs were rescued about 2:30 p.m., after being found emaciated and malnourished by neighbors. Lorain police Officer Rick Broz said the dogs were in “horrible” condition.
“(The dog) was too weak to stand up, let alone even walk,” Broz said. “And then (we) were told about a second dog that was just around the corner, and it was almost in the same condition, not quite as bad.”
The first dog, Broz estimates as roughly 3 years old, had to be carried from the property. The second dog, about 1 year old, was able to walk; neither dog was injured or diseased despite their malnutrition.
The dogs had been left on the property when the tenants moved out in the middle of the night following an eviction, according to Broz. But for the dogs to be in the state they were in when found, the owners would had to have neglected the animals for weeks prior, he said.
He said neighbors found the dogs early Monday morning but had tried to give them food and water before calling the police later that day — something Broz advises against. Giving an emaciated dog the wrong food can cause their stomachs to bloat or twist and can be life-threatening.
“The best thing to do is call the police,” he said. “At least we can get the proper authorities to rescue the animals. An animal in this condition, the wrong food, the wrong treatment, can kill it.”
He estimates the dogs are roughly half their standard weight, with each supposed to be between 40 and 50 pounds. Police still are investigating, though animal cruelty charges are pending once the dogs’ owners are found.
Despite the dogs’ condition, Broz said they are expected to make a full recovery. Both are being treated at Lorain Animal Clinic Inc., with the 3-year-old receiving IV fluids.
“The bigger one is in very bad condition, but with the proper care, he has a very good chance of pulling through,” he said. “The other dog should be OK.”
Broz said once their condition improves, the dogs will be housed at Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria, eventually put in foster care and later adopted out. He said he plans to post updates on his Facebook page and expects the Friendship APL to as well.
“I just saw them just a little bit ago, the younger one is alert, very happy, very friendly and cuddly, the little bit older one is extremely weak, they almost have to hand-feed it … but we’ve had worse and they’ve recovered,” he said.