An Agawam man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly abusing his 4-year-old pit bull combine, who was discovered by authorities in a “severely emaciated state” after neighbors reported listening to the dog being overwhelmed and crying out in ache, the MSPCA stated.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated it filed two felony counts of animal cruelty in opposition to the dog’s proprietor, Carl Moglika Jr., following a May 4 house go to by State Police Sgt. William Loiselle, Agawam Police and Animal Control.
Moglika surrendered his dog, Sophie, to the MSPCA on the identical day of the go to, the place authorities decided the dog was “severely emaciated.” A go to to the veterinarian revealed that the pit was additionally affected by diarrhea, anemia, a fractured tooth and a skinny coat, the MSPCA stated.
“Sgt. Loiselle drove Sophie from Agawam to the MSCPA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston because it was clear she needed to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible,” stated Thomas Grenham, director of MSPCA Law Enforcement. “Now she’s got a chance at a new life.”
Moglika is scheduled to be arraigned on animal cruelty prices July 16 at Westfield District Court.
Another MSPCA investigation led to latest animal cruelty prices leveled in opposition to Boston girl Natividad Pizzaro, 37, who introduced in her pit bull — who had starved to demise and was frostbitten — to a veterinarian to be cremated.
“We are thankful for the people who came forward to alert law enforcement of the inhumane treatment, which resulted in Sophie getting the treatment she needed and her owner being held accountable,” stated Hampden District Attorney’s workplace spokesperson James Leydon.
With Sophie on the mend, the MSPCA is searching for a “very special adopter” for the pit bull combine. A affected person proprietor will likely be wanted — the dog is pleasant and loving in nature, however her previous abuse has left her skittish.
The MSPCA stated Sophie would do greatest in an adults-only house, with no different pets. An proprietor must be dedicated to working with a conduct skilled to help the pit with issues resembling “resource guarding,” which refers to canine that are inclined to growl, lunge or chunk to protect their meals.
Interested adopters can apply at mspca.org/bostonadopt.