Oshkosh Area Humane Society
Authorities are trying to determine who was responsible for the starvation of two dogs that were found abandoned after an unsuccessful Craigslist adoption.
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society received the dogs on May 31. Both had been starved so badly that they were “extraordinarily thin and emaciated,” said Executive Director Joni Geiger.
The dogs, Dolly and Quicy, were brought to the Humane Society by a Fond du Lac woman who had decided about a year ago that she was no longer able to care for the dogs. She listed them on Craigslist, and did not obtain any information about the dogs’ new home, Geiger said.
In May, she found them in her driveway in the starved condition.
“They were so terribly, terribly neglected,” Geiger said. “It was just a horrible situation.”
Both dogs have gained about eight pounds each and are returning to good health.
Dolly, a terrier mix, is about three years old, and is no stranger to the shelter. She spent time at the Humane Society before the Fond du Lac woman adopted her, Geiger said. The Humane Society doesn’t know where the woman got Quincy, the other dog — a Siberian husky who is about two years old.
The last time Geiger saw Dolly, the dog was chubby, sweet and cheerful. When she returned, she was weak, timid and scared. She was barely able to stand, but sitting was difficult because there was nothing but bone to sit on, Geiger said.
“These dogs, frankly, would have died within a few days,” Geiger said.
Not only had Quincy and Dolly gone without food for a long time, but they were severely dehydrated and infested with worms.
“Your first inclination is just to let them eat as much as they want, however that’s very dangerous for anything that hasn’t eaten in a long time,” Geiger said.
Their caretakers have gradually increased their food intake, and keep careful track of how much they’ve eaten. In addition to putting on weight, the dogs are regaining muscle tone and are rehydrated. Both are now available for adoption.
“They’re doing great,” Geiger said. “They’re fantastic. They’re both very nice dogs, and they desreve a good, loving home, someone that’s going to care for them and obviously meet their needs by feeding them and playing with them and exercising and just enjoying what wonderful dogs they are.”
Fond du Lac police are trying to determine who was responsible for the dogs for the last year, Geiger said, adding that this is a “horrible lesson.” She said people need to ask lots of questions and make sure the environment is safe if they must move their pets to a new home.
The Humane Society also provides resources for people who need to find a new home for their pets.
Jessica Opoien: (920) 426-6681 or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @jessieopie.