Abandoned Dogs by Parkway face long road to recovery

Two dogs found malnourished and neglected off the side of the Garden State Parkway last month face a long road to recovery, animal rescue workers say.

A beagle was spotted near a wooded area just off the Parkway in Waretown last week, Sandy Hickman, a spokeswoman for the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter said.

Animal control picked up the first dog when a call came in about a second dog who was being taken to the county shelter. The two dogs, named Brian and Brianne, were taken to Popcorn Park for treatment and recovery.

“They’re lucky to be alive, that they weren’t killed on the parkway,” Hickman said. Both are in rough shape, Hickman said, and will require medical attention but are still incredibly friendly.

“The male is in severely emaciated. His skin is an absolute disaster. And he walks to you with his tail just wagging furiously,” Hickman said. “Their temperaments are wonderful.”

Brian has a severe came of demodex mange, dental disease, anemia and renal failure and is severely emaciated. His condition is still touch-and-go, Hickman said.

Brianne is younger than Brian and her condition is not quite as severe. She also has a skin condition and a cherry eye, as well as other signs of neglect like a dirty coat and inch-long nails. She has at least a month of recovery ahead of her, Hickman said.

Neither dog was outfitted with an electronic chip, meaning there is no information on where they came from or who their owner might have been, Hickman said.

Brian and Brianne were likely working dogs and not family pets, Hickman said. They “go into hunting mode” when they see the peacocks around the park, leading staff to believe they were used as hunting dogs, Hickman said.

Abandoned working dogs are not totally unusual, Hickman said, because their owners don’t always view them as pets.

“Sometimes when they become in a medical state that requires attention and (the owners) can’t be bothered with it. It’s easier to abandon them instead of taking them for treatment,” Hickman said.

But owners should never abandon dogs for any reason, particularly because an owner cannot afford medical bills, she said. Humane societies like Popcorn Park and animal shelters will take in sick or hurt animals and provide them the care they need.

The dogs are still on their seven-day stray hold, and it’s unclear when they might be healthy enough to be adopted.

Although they’re not ready for adoption yet, those looking to help Brian and Brianne can make donations to the Associated Humane Societies’ rescue fund.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call Popcorn Park at 609-693-1900 or office@ahsppz.org.

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Katie Kausch may be reached at kkausch@njadvancemedia.com.

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