Police Say Abandoned Puppy Was Left to Die in Burtonsville (PHOTO)

clarkkentpitbullWho would abandon a seven-week-old pit bull puppy in a parking lot in Burtonsville during one of the coldest months of the year? That’s what investigators with the Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division want to know.

Animal Services officers found the puppy in the 4200 block of Tazewell Terrace in Burtonsville on Jan. 3rd after a caller alerted authorities.

According to a news release, the puppy was underweight and experiencing seizures with no apparent underlying medical cause other than malnutrition. The lead investigator said the puppy was found moments from death in a dirty crate and that the puppy is alive because of the rapid medical intervention by the doctors at the Montgomery County Animal and Services Adoption Center (MCASAC).

The case is being investigated as a case of criminal neglect because the owner failed to provide veterinary care for the puppy. Investigators are also looking into charges of animal abandonment. Police are asking for the public’s help in providing any information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

For now, a foster family is caring for the puppy, who has been named, “Clark Kent.”

Katherine Zenzano, community outreach coordinator for the MCASAC, said he will be available for adoption after the case is closed and he is medically cleared.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Montgomery County Police Department’s anonymous tipline at 240.773. TIPS (8477).


Sonya Burke

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