In Middleboro, Massachusetts, a desperate German Shepherd chewed off his paw in an attempt to escape his owner.
Maverick’s life had been so horrible that he decided to chew off his right rear paw to escape, officials said. The emaciated German Shepherd was seized on July 12 by MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Chelsea Weiand after an animal control officer found him and took him to a nearby veterinarian. Maverick had to be sedated so the veterinarian and the clinic staff could clean the German Shepherd’s wound.
“This is one of the most egregious cases of neglect we’ve seen and our first priority is to gather the resources necessary to treat him – then we will do all we can to find the caring home he deserves,” said MSPCA adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger told The Enterprise.
The German Shepherd was later taken to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for further treatment and surgery. Weiand noted that Maverick’s other legs were also covered in rope burns and scars that had healed over. Officials believe the German Shepherd had been tethered and left unattended for at least a whole day before he had been trapped and tried to free himself from the tether that was twisted around his leg for days – or even weeks.
“Clearly he had been entangled by his own leash many times in the past; unfortunately he was unable to free himself this last time,” said Weiand.
The German Shepherd dog’s former owner, Kevin Kennedy, is now facing a charge of animal cruelty for neglect and failure to pursue necessary veterinary care. Kennedy is expected to be arraigned in Wareham District Court on Aug. 18. If found guilty, Kennedy could face up to 7 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
If you wish to donate to help care for Maverick, click www.mspca.org/helpmaverick.
Maverick is expected to recover in the hospital for up to 10 days. He will stay under the MSPCA’s care for weeks before he is placed for adoption.
If you’re interested in adopting Maverick, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.