EXETER, N.Y. – The owner of a dog rescued by the Susquehanna SPCA has been arrested and charged after the rescue team found the neglected dog outside and missing a front leg.
Carl K. Pritchard, 59, of Exeter, has been charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor under the Agriculture and Markets Law.
Photo courtesy of Susquehanna SPCA
He was also charged with failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors, a violation under the same law.
Pritchard is due in Exeter court on Dec. 4.
A concerned UPS driver called the SPCA to report Zoe last week, saying she seemed to be neglected by her owner and her leg looked like it had been "blown off." Zoe was chained to a stake in the year, living in a plastic pet carrier lined with hay. Her water dish was frozen over and covered in snow.
The rescue team suspect the 9-year-old German shepherd chewed her own leg off due to pain from bone cancer after X-rays showed bone fragments in her stomach.
She underwent surgery and SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes says she is now in stable condition. Zoe was surrendered to the SPCA on Monday after Pritchard said he could not pay any of the vet bills.
Haynes says Zoe was taken to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, and was diagnosed with anemia, a heart murmur and the staff said she “very likely has cancer.”
Zoe will still need further surgery once she is fully diagnosed, which Haynes says will cost up to $5,000.
Anyone looking to donate to the Susquehanna SPCA to offset the cost of Zoe’s treatment can visit: sqspca.org.