SPCA Looking For Foster Families For Dogs Rescued From Poor Conditions in Basement in Wilmington

Apr 23, 2013 -- 10:44am

A constable who was trying to carry out an eviction notice at a home on Brown Street in Wilmington last week uncovered a possible case of animal cruelty.

The constable found three dogs that were severely malnourished, dehydrated and covered in fleas living in cramped cages stacked on top of each other. The dogs were bony and living in their own feces. An investigation into the unidentified owners by the Delaware SPCA is ongoing.

Two of the dogs were pit bull mixes - one male and one female. A third dog was in such poor shape that SPCA staff couldn't tell what breed it was. However, Chris Motoyoshi of the SPCA says all the dogs are doing better a little over a week later. However, she says the mystery dog, named "Fleetwood," still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

The constable who found the dogs and his wife will become a foster family for Fleetwood, according to Motoyoshi. However, the SPCA is still seeking foster families for the pit bull mixes. Motoyoshi says the male pit bull mix appears to be showing signs that he was abused.

The SPCA would like to expand its shelters in Stanton and Georgetown over the next five to 10 years. Motoyoshi says the shelters are older buildings that the SPCA would like to update not only to make the experience better for the animals during their temporary stays, but also to make them more inviting to the public. Donations can be made online by visiting the SPCA's website. Donations will go towards the SPCA's General Operations Fund, which pays for feeding and caring for the animals every day, or to the Second Chance Fund, which provides care for animals with extraordinary medical needs.

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