Branford shelter hoping to save dog found starving to death

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BRANFORD — Staffers at the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter are working to save a dog found starving Monday in “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty” they’ve ever seen.

The shelter said around 11 a.m. a woman found the dog near the Big Y supermarket in Branford, stumbling along side the road. She picked the dog up and brought it to the shelter.

According to veterinarians, the dog, which they have named Hope, was within 24 to 48 hours of dying. They said she had been starved for two or three months.

“So far all bloodwork shows no infections or diseases,” the shelter said. “This dog cannot stand, walk or lift her head. She is being provided with 24 hour care at this point. The vet gives her a body condition score of 1 on a body scale of 0-9. Her body temperature is at 96 degrees.”

The shelter also notes that she may have been brought in from another town.

“If this dog looks like a friends, families, or relatives dog from another town please contact the animal shelter,” they said. “All information provided will be kept confidential.”

If any of you recognize this dog or noticed a black dog near Big Y in Branford please contact the animal shelter at 203-315-4125.

If you’d like to donate to help Hope, click here.