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DHSS Press Release

Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: Jill.Fredel@delaware.gov

DPH Media Contact:
Tim Turane
Email: DPHMedia@Delaware.gov

Date: August 5, 2022


DOVER, DE (Aug. 5) - The Office of Animal Welfare's (OAW) Delaware Animal Services (DAS) is seeking the public's help with providing any information that may lead to identifying the person responsible for abandoning a dog that was found clinging to life earlier this week. The dog was found in the brush, off North Little Creek Road in Dover, by DelDOT workers who immediately contacted DAS. OAW officers responded to the call and found the dog barely responsive. They rushed her to a local veterinary hospital for care. The emaciated dog lost most of her hair and was covered in sores and scabs. Despite best efforts to save her, she subsequently died from her condition. DAS is now seeking any tips from the public that may help find the person or persons responsible for this terrible act.

The female, medium-sized dog was left in a crate in very tall weeds set back off the road near the Route 1 overpass. She is estimated to be approximately two years old, had very long nails and was wearing a blue, orange, and white striped collar. She did not have a microchip. Due to her condition, the breed of dog could not be determined. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Delaware Animal Services at 302-255-4646 or online at animalservices.delaware.gov. Tips may be made anonymously.

Unforeseen life events such as financial hardships, health concerns or behavioral problems may force Delawareans to give up a beloved pet. OAW provides assistance to pet owners to prevent similar circumstances from happening. Visit https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/oaw/rehomingdog.html for more information.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.