Last night, while many of us were rubbing the bellies of our beloved four legged friends and wishing them a happy #NationalDogDay, someone abandoned this sweet boy in Caloosa Park.
A park employee discovered him at around 8:30 a.m. today laying on three blankets near the edge of a pond lined with caution signs advising of the potential presence of alligators. There was no food or water left for the dog, who was estimated to be at least 10 years old.
Boynton Beach Police Animal Cruelty Investigator Liz Roehrich was called to the scene and determined that the dog was unable to walk, had a large mass on its right shoulder and had a severe skin condition, extensive hair loss, overgrown nails and many other health-related concerns. The dog was not microchipped nor wearing a collar, although it was evident by hair loss around his neck that he did previously wear one that was too tight.
Investigation has determined that the dog was abandoned in the park between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. last night. He was left in an area completely void of trees or shade, unable to escape this morning’s lightning and thunderstorm or the bright sunlight that followed.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control responded to take possession of the dog for transport to their facility, where he was examined by a veterinarian and then humanely euthanized to end his suffering.
We are asking anyone who recognizes this dog or has information about his owner to call Inv. Roehrich at 561-742-6210 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Information can also be submitted via our website, www.bbpd.org, or our MyPD app. You can remain anonymous.