The SPCA says it’s “one of the most horrific cruelty cases” they’ve ever seen.
RCMP in Port Hardy were called to a home on November 25 after a complaint of animal cruelty.
Officers found an 18-month-old Shepherd-cross dog named Molly; extremely emaciated and near death on the owner’s porch.
“She was in critical condition, non-responsive and shivering, with a collar deeply embedded in her neck,” says Marcie Moriarty, the BC SPCA’s chief prevention and enforcement officer. “The constable immediately rushed Molly to a nearby veterinary hospital, where staff provided emergency treatment to keep her alive and removed the embedded collar from her neck.”
Moriarty says it’s impossible to comprehend how anyone could let a dog fall into this condition.
“We rescue thousands of animals from heartbreaking situations every year at the SPCA, but cases like this are particularly shocking.”
Once Molly’s condition was stable, she was taken to Nanaimo and put into the care of an SPCA foster care home.
Her condition has improved but she still requires around-the-clock care.
“The fact that Molly has survived is a true miracle and we are so grateful to the RCMP, the veterinary staff in Port Hardy and Nanaimo and all those who have played a role in her rescue and recovery,” says Moriarty.
“She has gained some weight and is now able to walk, but she is still extremely emaciated. She is getting care around the clock and we are very hopeful that, despite the incredible odds against her, she will make a full recovery.”
Molly has a long recovery process ahead and is expected to stay in foster care for several weeks before being placed in a new home. The BC SPCA is continuing its investigation and will be recommending charges of animal cruelty against Molly’s former owners.
The SPCA depends on donations from the public to fund their cruelty investigations. Visit spca.bc.ca/donate to make a contribution.