Babylon, NY (MorichesDaily) – The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a two thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for abandoning a dog which was turned in to the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter in “horrible condition,”as one shelter worker put it.
A Shih Tzu type dog was found in an abandoned house in Lindenhurst, its matted fur and nails so overgrown that the animal no longer knows how to walk correctly, the Suffolk County SPCA said.
The person who brought the dog in said that he found it in a house he knew was abandoned. The house was located at 131 South 7th Street in the Village of Lindenhurst . Neighbors in the area were canvassed and said that the prior tenants moved out almost a year ago.
Chris Elton, Director of the Babylon Animal Shelter said that it was the worst case of matting on a dog that he has ever seen. The dog, nicknamed “Ziggy,” was shaved down at the Babylon Animals Shelter where almost 4 pounds of matted hair was removed from this 11 pound dog with overgrown nails and a very strong offensive odor.
The dog was brought to NY Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Farmingdale and has to go through extensive physical therapy to learn how to walk correctly again . They are providing this service pro bono. He is estimated to be between 5 and 6 years old.
The agency is offering $1,000 and another $1,000 is being offered by the New York State Humane Association.
Anyone with information may call the SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls are confidential.