AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Police are investigating an animal cruelty case after a puppy was found abandoned.
On Sunday, Amsterdam Police say they received a phone call about a distressed puppy on Union Street. Officers responded and found what is believed to be a lab/beagle mix dog, about 8-months old. Owners were not able to be located.
According to authorities, the dog was found severely emaciated, in need of emergency medical treatment. The puppy was brought to Country Valley Veterinary Clinic where she was diagnosed with a severe case of malnutrition and low sodium levels.
"I've actually never seen sodium as low as what she had, it was lower than 110," said Dr. Crystal Murray.
Dr. Murray says the low sodium levels could be from the puppy nearly drowning. As a result of her condition, Dolce suffered from seizures, tremors and migraines.
The veterinarians also said the dog weighed 24 pounds but should have a weight between 40-45 pounds.
"It was possible drowning. Someone attempted to drown her, basically like water toxicity. I mean it's very well possible she fell into a pool or something like that," said Animal Control officer Gina Kline.
The puppy has been named "Dolce" is staying with Kline who says the puppy is in stable condition, but is not out of the woods just yet.
"The condition she had could relapse within four days of sodium levels getting back to normal. So as you can see she's still a little twitchy," she said.
Dolce is expected to go into a foster home on Friday, and police are now asking the public for any information regarding the abused and abandoned animal to contact the Amsterdam Police Department. Calls will be kept confidential.
doesn't appear to be a stray roaming the streets. Someone saw the dog the day
before moving and walking around, but on Sunday found her on the lawn because
it had gone so far where she couldn't walk any longer," said Det. Lt. Kurt
Conroy, of Amsterdam Police.
Anyone interested in donating to the SPCA to help with Dolce's medical bills can send donations to the Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in Amsterdam.