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Police: Dogs found in U-Haul emaciated, cold

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COLONIE, N.Y. – Police say all of the dogs left in a U-Haul truck over the weekend were emaciated and left to withstand the bitter cold.

Brad Shear, the Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, says the fourth dog, by far, is in the worst shape out of them all.

"He doesn't have much coat, he doesn't have much flesh," says Shear. "He had to just be freezing out there, just miserable."

Shear says it could be months before the dog is ready to be adopted because of its physical condition.

"You can see every rib, you can see every vertebrae, you can see her hip bones sticking out," he says. "There's no fat on her."

Lt. Robert Winn of the Colonie Police Department says while this is Anthony Walker's second arrest on animal cruelty charges, the two cases will be handled separately.

"There did not appear to be any heat source," he says. "There were some blankets left for the dogs, some scraps of old food, and the dogs were cold, shivering, and suffering from emaciation."

Winn says Walker claims his home had become uninhabitable, which is why he was staying at the Super 8 Motel in Colonie, the dogs in a U-Haul truck in the parking lot.

However, Shear says he fears the neglect had been going on for some time.

"This takes time to lose this kind of weight, this didn't happen overnight," says Shear. "So it's sad to think about how long these dogs were probably suffering, it's not just one night, but this was probably going on for a while."

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