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Police Seek Person Who Abandoned Puppy in Germantown Neighborhood

Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division is seeking the public’s help in finding the person or persons who left a six-month-old puppy in a dirty crate in Germantown.

In the overnight hours of Thursday, August 4, 2016, the Montgomery County Department of Police, Animal Services Division responded to a call alleging a dog had been abandoned in a Germantown neighborhood.

According to MCPD, Animals Services Division Officer Angel Ricketts, Rascal was found by homeowners on Staten Court after being left in the middle of the roadway at the end of a their driveway. The homeowners, who were dog owners, immediately called police.

The six-month-old pitbull type dog, now called Rascal, was found abandoned and suffering from neglect. The puppy was found to be emaciated, covered in urine and fecal matter with multiple ulcerations over his body. Rascal was left in his own urine and feces and had several skin ulcerations – likely a result of overexposure to the urine in his crate, according to authorities. Ricketts said she did not how long Rascal was sitting in the roadway, but said, “The crate was very dirty and you could tell that the dog was kept in the crate quite often, if not all the time. His fur is stained yellow sitting in his own waste.”

Ricketts said the homeowners that they had no clue where the dog had come from. “The residents that found the dog were very shaken by what they had found. They were visibly upset. They’d never seen the dog before and they continue to be worried about the welfare of Rascal,” said Ricketts.

Rascal is now being monitored by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center’s veterinary team and is stable.The Montgomery County Department of Police, Animal Services Division seeks help in finding the person or person’s responsible for this awful act of animal cruelty. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Officer Angel Ricketts via email at angel.ricketts@montgomerycountymd.gov, or phone (240) 773-5922. Information will be kept confidential upon request.

Photos courtesy MCPD Animal Services Division.