A four-year-old male pit bull found weighing just 31 pounds in the West Central neighborhood Saturday has animal protection agents requesting public help identifying those responsible.
The dog was found lying on the ground near 1800 West Boone Avenue, unable to lift its head or walk, according to a news release from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. It was taken to a veterinary clinic where it was euthanized because of its condition.
A veterinarian was unable to take the dog’s temperature at the time it was found. Its body weight was about half of what it should have been, the news release said.
A photo provided by SCRAPS of the pit bull shows prominent rib bones protruding through the skin, with haunches and leg bones clearly visible. The dog was white with brown markings.
“This young dog appears to have died of starvation and neglect,” said SCRAPS Field Operations Manager Nicole Montano in a written statement. “Someone needs to be held accountable.”
Those with tips are asked to call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532. Tipsters can remain confidential.