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ASPCA Saves Starving Puppy Who Ate Trash to Survive

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:30pm
Brown pit bull looking straight ahead

On a cold day in February, the ASPCA responded to a tip that came in through our Humane Law Enforcement helpline. A dog had been left outside with no access to food, water or shelter. When we arrived at the scene, it was far worse than we had initially expected. We found a puppy, just skin and bones, who was barely able to walk.

Immediately, we jumped into action. Our team transported the emaciated dog, named Finley, to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. After an examination, veterinarians found the puppy to be suffering from paraphimosis, a condition of the genitals,and an untreated respiratory infection. They also found pieces of metal in Finley’s intestines and determined that his emaciated condition was due to starvation. Finley had been eating trash to survive.

On May 9, Finley’s owner, Anthony Martin, 46, was arrested for allegedly neglecting the puppy.  He was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Update!
We are happy to report that after five weeks of treatment, Finley put on more than 20 pounds! He is continuing to recover and will eventually be made available for adoption.

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kim

He deserves alot more than what he is getting and one day he will get what he deserves. He should never be allowed to have the gift of a pet. Thank you ASPCA for another rescue. People like him should have to wear a shirt in public that says I am an animal abuser every time he leaves the house if he does make it out of jail if he even goes.

Patty

Kim I totally agree with you, dog owners like this make me furious, he should have to eat trash, let him feel what the poor dog was feeling. I don't think I could do the ASPCA's job, this kind of thing would become so personal to me I'd hurt someone and go to jail myself. Wish Ohio had a ASPCA, they are much needed here! So many abused animals here it just saddens me I cannot do anything about it.

TLC

It does my heart well to see Finley in such good shape! The difference in five weeks is outstanding! Rescue dogs make the best dogs, and Finley will forever be loyal and loving to the family who saved him. Without the concerned caller and a program such as ASPCA this would have never been possible. Big thanks to all those possible for this story, it made my day.

TLC

It does my heart well to see Finley in such good shape! The difference in five weeks is outstanding! Rescue dogs make the best dogs, and Finley will forever be loyal and loving to the family who saved him. Without the concerned caller and a program such as ASPCA this would have never been possible. Big thanks to all those possible for this story, it made my day.

Gary O.

I picked up a toy poodle in NE Kansas town. The dog was filthy & starving, skin and bones. It did not have it's shots, had a severe ear infection and its teeth are bad due to lack of oral care. We took it to the vet the next day for an exam & care. Now the owner wants it back. I said no but, hell no because she is going up on animal cruelty charges in municipal court. I wrote the city attorney a letter on how I found the little poodle, provided him with a vet bills on what I did for the dog and gave him two statements from local vets saying the little dog was neglected. I asked the city attorney if this person is found guilty or pleads guilty could he make a motion to the court asking the judge to give ownership of the little poodle to me. He said he would. Question: Do Municipal Judges in the State of Kansas have the power to take away abused & neglected animals from their owners and place them in caring homes such as ours? Also, what more can I do as far as the law is concerned to make sure the judge hears my concerns and that I can obtain ownership over the little poodle? Court is May 1st. Should I hire an attorney? ASPCA I could really use your guidance on this one. Thanks, Gary.